On 04/07/2021 at 10:23 AM Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested Billie J. Schaeffer, age 46, of 192 Ovid Street Lot 18 Seneca Falls, NY 13148. Schaeffer was charged at that time with Welfare Fraud in the fourth degree and Misuse of Food Stamps. It is alleged that Schaeffer received public assistance benefits that she was not entitled to received due to failing to report changes in income. Schaeffer was served with an appearance ticket and released after processing. Schaeffer is scheduled to appear in the Village of Waterloo Court on May 5th, 2021 at 5:00 PM to answer the charges.
On April 13th, 2021 at 4:10 PM Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Damon D. Steele, age 22, of 10 Goodman Street Apartment M123 Geneva, NY 14456. Steele was charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree and Welfare Fraud in the fifth degree. It is alleged that on March 1st 2021 Steele filed an application containing false information with the Seneca County Division of Human Services, a public benefit corporation. By filing the instrument, Steele then received a benefit that he would not have been entitled to without the false information. Steele was issued an appearance ticket requiring him to appear before the Village of Waterloo Court on May 5th, 2021 at 5:00PM to answer the charges.
On January 13,2021, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Investigators reports the arrest of Christopher J. Freeman, age 33, last known address of 6150 St Rt 96 Romulus, NY 14541. Freeman was charged with one count of Criminal Contempt in the second degree. The charge stems from an investigation of information that Christopher Freeman violated a Class “A” order of protection issued by Seneca County Court ordering him to have no contact with the victim. In October 2020 while he was being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility on another pending matter it is alleged that Christopher Freeman did make contact with the protected party by writing and sending communication to them via U.S. mail service. Freeman was issued an appearance ticket ordering him to appear before the Seneca County CAP Court on January 13th, 2021 at 7:00 pm to answer the new charge.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on July 18th 2019 that Sheriff’s Investigators arrested two male subjects following child sexual abuse investigations in Seneca County.
Duane L. Porterfield, age 62, of 1167 County Road 147 Romulus, NY 14541. Porterfield was taken into custody following a lengthy investigation into his alleged possible involvement in the exchange of child sexual abuse images and videos and attempts to meet and connect with children for the purposes of committing sexual crimes. As a result of this investigation, Duane L. Porterfield was charged with the following crimes:
• 24 Counts of Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child (Class E Felony)
• 1 Count of Attempt to Commit a Crime/ Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance (Class D Felony)
• 1 Count of Attempt to Commit a Crime/ Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child (Class E Felony)
Duane L. Porterfield was processed at the Seneca County Correctional Facility on all charges and held awaiting arraignment. Porterfield was released from the Correctional Facility after posting bail in the amount of $7,500.00 and is scheduled to re-appear in the Romulus Town Court on July 26th 2019.
Robert M. Heck, age 66, of 309 West Sherman Avenue Newark, NY 14513. Heck was taken into custody following a lengthy investigation into his alleged possible involvement in the exchange of child sexual abuse images and videos while employed at a business in the Town of Seneca Falls. As a result of this investigation, Robert M. Heck was charged with the following crimes:
• 8 Counts of Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child (Class E Felony)
• 8 Counts of Promoting and Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child (Class D Felony)
• 43 Counts of Attempt to Commit a Crime/ Promoting an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child (Class E Felony)
Robert M. Heck was processed at the Seneca County Correctional Facility on all charges and held awaiting arraignment. Heck was released after posting bail in the amount of $10,000.00 and is scheduled to re-appear before the Seneca Falls Town Court on August 14th 2019.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office worked in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on both of these criminal investigations which are still ongoing.
Porterfield Photo Above
Heck Photo Above
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that Investigators arrested Christy B. Wilcox, age 43 of 3557 West Avenue, Interlaken, New York. Wilcox was charged on May 20th, 2019 with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child for her involvement and actions involving a juvenile in the Town of Covert. In an effort to protect the identity of the juvenile, further information on the specifics of the allegations are not being released.
Wilcox is scheduled to appear in the Town of Covert Court on June 3rd, 2019 to answer the charge.
Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on December 11th 2018 Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Bruce A. Denmark, age 40, of 2874 Darling Rd. Lodi, NY. Denmark was taken into custody following an investigation of the sexual abuse of a child. It is alleged that Denmark subjected a 13 year old female victim to sexual contact starting in 2013. During the course of the investigation, information was also uncovered regarding the physical abuse of a 13 year old male which is alleged to have occurred in 2018.
Denmark was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court before Justice Erway on one count of Sexual Abuse in the 1st degree and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child at which time he was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $2,000.00 cash bail or $4,000.00 secured bond. Class A orders of protection were issued on behalf of the three victims and Denmark was scheduled to return to the Lodi Town Court at a later date to answer the charges.
Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Guy B. Bowers, age 59, of 7746 Rock River Rd. Ovid, N.Y. on September 27th, 2018. Sheriff’s investigators arrested Bowers following the investigation of incidents that reportedly occurred during the months of November and December, 2016 at a Town of Ovid residence. It is alleged that Bowers subjected a 15 year old victim to sexual contact and activity on multiple dates during that timeframe. Bowers was charged with 2 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Forcible Touching and Sexual Abuse in the 2nd degree as a result of the investigation. Bowers was processed at the Seneca County Correctional Facility where he remained in pre-arraignment detention awaiting a hearing in Centralized Arraignment Court. He was subsequently released; an order of protection was issued.