Sex Abuse 1st degree Arrest

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.

Narcotics Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on December 18th, 2018, members of the Narcotics Unit charged Kyle G. Clawson and Meredith J. Bell of Seneca Road, Lodi, New York with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the second degree, a class A-II Felony. The arrest stemmed from a search warrant at their residence on November 12th, 2018. A laboratory analysis of the evidence obtained resulted in the charge. It is alleged that both Clawson and Bell possessed approximately 6 ounces of methamphetamine. They were arraigned at Centralized Arraignment Court where they were committed to the custody of the Sheriff on no bail. A preliminary hearing date is scheduled for December 21st, 2018 at 5:30PM at the Town of Lodi Court.


Sex Abuse

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 12/19/2018 Investigators arrested Scott P. Davis,29, of 1390 Middle Black Brook Rd. Seneca Falls N.Y. for one count each of Rape in the second degree, Criminal Sex Act in the second degree (both class D Felonies) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Investigators report that in September 2018 they began an extensive investigation into alleged sexual abuse accusations involving Davis. During the course of the investigation it was discovered that Davis had oral, anal and vaginal sexual relations with a 13 year old female in the Town of Tyre and throughout Seneca County on numerous occasions and in many locations starting in 2010 and continuing through 2013. This resulted in the Rape 2nd and Criminal Sex Act 2nd charges. It was further discovered that in the end of 2017 into 2018, Davis had inappropriate sexual conversations with a 9 year old female in the Town of Tyre leading to the Endangering the Welfare of a Child Charge. Davis was arraigned on 12/20/18 at 8am in the Seneca Co. Central Arraignment Court in front of Justice Duffy. Davis was remanded to the Seneca Co Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 insured bond. Davis will appear in the Town of Tyre Court on 12/24/18 at noon for a felony hearing.
Investigators report that the investigation is ongoing. Additional charges are possible pending further investigation. If anyone has any information pertaining to this criminal investigation please contact Investigator John Nesbit of the Seneca Co. Sheriff’s Office at 315-220-3442.

Criminal Mischief Arrest

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on December 14th, 2018, at approximately 8:45AM, Investigators arrested Raymond J. Tortorello, age 30, formerly of 312 Gravel Road, Seneca Falls, New York.  Tortorello was charged with Criminal Mischief in the second degree, a class D Felony, and Petit Larceny, a class A Misdemeanor. It is alleged that Tortorello caused extensive damage to a residence that he was renting and also stole a wood stove.  Tortorello is being held at the Law Enforcement Center awaiting arraignment at centralized arraignment court.  Investigators were assisted by Officers from the Seneca County Probation Department and Cayuga County Probation Department.


Monthly Snapshot


Total Calls For Service: 985

Total Arrests: 71


Total new drug cases: 4

Total arrests: 15


Average Number of Inmates: 57

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $30,604.60; Yearly Total: $408, 703.37


Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 42

Total Income Executions: 12

Total Evictions: 3 


November 4th, 2018: Deputies responded to a violent Domestic Incident in the Town of Fayette. A woman was choked in front of a 5 year old child. The suspect was apprehended without incident. 

November 5th, 2018: An inmate in the jail was charged with a felony after allegedly spitting blood into the face of a Corrections Officer. 

November 12th, 2018: After a lengthy investigation involving undercover work and a search warrant NARCO took down a Meth Lab in the Town of Lodi. Drugs, Meth making items and firearms were seized. Two suspects were arrested.

November 20th, 2018: Investigations charged a registered sex offender in the Town of Lodi for not updating his information.

November 21st, 2018: Two suspects were arrested for Welfare fraud in the Town of Covert.

November 2018: Sheriff’s Deputies made 7 D.W.I. arrests.

November 2018: The 2nd annual Citizens Police Academy was successfully conducted. 

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere


AUO 2nd

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on 12/06/18 at approx. 1800 hrs Deputies arrested Ashley N Swarey, 29, of Waterloo for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 2nd degree. Deputies report Swarey was observed driving to the County Office Building to attend the  Victim Impact Panel , while her license was suspended.   Swarey was issued a UTT and is to appear in the Village of Waterloo Court on 01/02/18 at 1700 hrs to answer to the charges. CR#18SH12799



AUO 3rd

Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on 12/06/18 at approx. 1436 hrs Deputies arrested Patrick R Byer, 52, of Waterloo for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 3rd degree. The arrest stems from a traffic stop where police observed Byer operating a vehicle and had prior knowledge of his license being suspended. Byer was issued a UTT and is to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls court on 01/03/19 at 0900hrs. CR#18SH12790


1 car PI MVA /DWI

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports that on Saturday December 1st 2018  at 3:30am, Deputies responded to a one car personal injury accident that occurred near the intersection of State Route 96 and Brewer Road in the Town of Waterloo. Upon arrival Deputies spoke with the diver, Qingshuang Wu age 34 of West Street in Waterloo. Wu sustained a large laceration to his head and was treated on scene and transported to Geneva General hospital, by North Seneca Ambulance . After being released from the hospital, Sheriff’s Deputies charged Wu with  Driving While Intoxicated and also ticketed for Failure to Maintain Lane. Wu was then processed and released on an appearance ticket and is to appear in the Town of Waterloo court on a later date.




For Immediate Release                                                 Date 12/3/2018


Contact Information:   Sheriff W. Timothy Luce                   315-220-3200


Seneca County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Holiday Season

Crackdown Enforcement Effort

Impaired Driving Crackdown runs     December 13,2018                         January 1,2018    


Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce announced today that      Seneca County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.


While we spend this Holiday Season celebrating with friends and family and looking forward to the blessings of a New Year the law enforcement community across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on               December 13   and will end on          January 1         . New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.


Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem.


While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.


The STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets the 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Super Bowl weekend and St. Patrick’s Day.


You can help to make a difference by ‘Having a Sober Plan’! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home     Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. We wish you and your family and friends a very safe and Happy Holiday season!

DWI/ unsafe backing/ UPM

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that, on November 17th 2018 at about 2:34AM, Deputies responded to the Del Lago Casino  in the Town of Tyre for the reported 2 car property damage accident. Upon arrival, Deputies located the accident in the parking garage and found that Ghana S Karki, age 23 of 3850 White Swan Drive in Rochester NY, had been removed from the casino by security for being intoxicated. Karki  then got in his vehicle and while attempting to leave the casino, backed into a parked car in the parking garage, causing damage to both vehicles. Karki attempted to leave the scene of the accident but was stopped by security personnel at Del Lago, who had witnessed the incident, and held Karki until Deputies arrived. During the course of the investigation, Deputies determined that Karki had been operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and he was taken into custody , and also was found to have been in possession of marihuana.  Sheriff’s Deputies charged  Karki with  Unsafe Backing, DWI, having a BAC of .08% or more and  unlawful possession of marihuana. Karki was held in the Seneca County Jail to await arraignment in the Centralized arraignment court . He is to appear in the Town of Tyre court on a later date to answer the charges.