Press Release

On 06/28/2019 Adam T Bowen, age 25, of Geneva N.Y. was charged by the Geneva Police Department for:


Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree &

Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree


Bowen is a Corrections Officer at the Seneca County Correctional Facility. He has been employed there since July 2015.


On June 11th, 2019 the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office initiated an internal investigation into certain activities and conduct of this Officer. The law prevents any details of this investigation from being released. At this same time the Geneva Police Department was conducting a Criminal Investigation involving Bowen.


Internal Investigations are conducted by our Professional Conduct Unit and are separate from the Criminal Investigation. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office were detailed to assist Geneva Police Department with their investigation.


On 06/28/2019 at 7:00 AM. Bowen was taken into custody at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff’s Investigators. He was immediately suspended without pay at which time he immediately resigned. He was then transported to the Geneva Police Department and turned over to their detectives.


It is a sad day when you have to investigate your own people but a necessary part of maintaining a transparent and credible Office. Adam Bowen is innocent until proven guilty but at the very least he appears to have committed acts that are a betrayal to the Sheriff’s Office and his sister and brother Corrections Officers.


It is with a saddened heart that I make this report. It’s a black eye to all of law enforcement and that’s what is most upsetting. Our goal is to make the Sheriff’s office a safe and fair place to work for everyone. We expect everyone here to follow the law. My hopes are that the public will continue to have confidence and trust in all enforcement in our area as do I.

.I would like to thank the Geneva Police Department, Chief Passalaqua and his team for their excellent and thorough investigation of this matter.


This case remains open and active. Anyone with information is requested to contact: the Geneva Police Department or the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.


Sheriff W. Timothy Luce