Former Ontario water superintendent charged in cover-up

The former Ontario water superintendent was arraigned Wednesday on numerous felony counts for allegedly covering up a failure to fix water leaks in the Wayne County town, according to authorities.

Rodney Peets, 59, was charged with three counts each of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and of tampering with a public record, all felonies; and official misconduct and three counts each of second-degree offering a false instrument for filing, of second-degree tampering with a public record, all misdemeanorst.

Peets is due back in court on Oct. 19.

According to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Peets "allegedly failed to take care of leaks in the town's water system and then falsified reports to the town to cover up the loss of water."

Authorities were tipped off to the alleged misconduct by the town supervisor, DiNapoli said. The investigation took one year, according to the New York State Police.

Will Cleveland, @WillCleveland13 Published 5:02 p.m. ET Oct. 11, 2017