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#1535773 --- 11/08/19 06:47 AM Former official fails to show up for court in Seneca County; bench warrant reportedly issued
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Former official fails to show up for court in Seneca County; bench warrant reportedly issued

Published: 11/08/2019 @ 07:27 am

Last month Former Seneca County Finance Director Brandi Deeds was indicted a numbekr of felony charges after an investigation into her employment with the County.

At the same time, Former County Manager John Sheppard was also charged with official misconduct.

While Deeds was accompanied by Sheppard to her court appearance in Waterloo last month – he didn’t show up to court this week for his own appearance. That according to a report by Finger Lakes News Radio.

At the time of the original story – Sheppard’s court date was not published or released by authorities. The District Attorney’s Office said in a press release that his appearance was set for an unspecified date.

Officials later confirmed that Sheppard did not appear in court, but noted that a bench warrant would be issued for his arrest.

Meanwhile, Deeds is scheduled to appear in local court next on December 10th.

– By Josh Durso
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#1535790 --- 11/08/19 04:31 PM John Sheppard fails to show up for court in Seneca County; bench warrant reportedly issued [Re: all seeing eye]
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Sheppard a no-show in court, bench warrant issued

By DAVID L. SHAW dshaw@fltimes.com


WATERLOO — A bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of former Seneca County Manager John Sheppard.

Sheppard was scheduled to appear in Waterloo Village Court Wednesday evening for arraignment on a Class A misdemeanor charge of official misconduct. Neither Sheppard nor his attorney appeared, and 1st Assistant District Attorney Brooke Moore sought a bench warrant for his arrest. Village Justice Conrad Struzik agreed and issued the warrant.

Sheppard was indicted by a Seneca County Grand Jury Oct. 15 on the official misconduct charge.

It alleged that he committed an act relating to his office or constituting an unauthorized exercise of his official functions, knowing that such act was unauthorized and he did so with the intent to obtain a benefit.

The charge relates to his oversight regarding the job performance and behavior of former county Finance Director Brandi Deeds.

Deeds was indicted Oct. 15 by the grand jury on nine Class E felony charges and a Class A misdemeanor charge. She is facing seven counts of falsifying business records, a count of fourth-degree grand larceny, a count of defrauding the government and a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.

Deeds is charged with falsifying her time sheets and being paid $2,169.54 for time not worked seven times from Dec. 29, 2017 to May 4, 2018. Pre-trial motions filed by her attorney, James Doyle of Rochester, are scheduled to be argued Dec. 10 in Seneca County Court.

Both are free on their own recognizance.
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#1535793 --- 11/08/19 05:36 PM Re: John Sheppard fails to show up for court in Seneca County; bench warrant reportedly issued [Re: all seeing eye]
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Curious about that last sentence. "Both" could refer to defendant Deeds and her attorney Doyle who are mentioned in the preceding paragraph. But Doyle is not a defendant, so he is just conventionally free like the rest of us.

It could also refer to co-defendant Sheppard. But Sheppard has a warrant out for his arrest, according to the story. So he is not free in the legal sense, he is wanted by the police.

Again, I'm glad we have Sinkiewicz prosecuting. It looks like he will be the permanent DA and not one of the two fellas who would screw this up.

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#1535797 --- 11/08/19 06:40 PM Re: John Sheppard fails to show up for court in Seneca County; bench warrant reportedly issued [Re: DeReRustica]
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Originally Posted By: DeReRustica
Again, I'm glad we have Sinkiewicz prosecuting. It looks like he will be the permanent DA and not one of the two fellas who would screw this up.
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#1535800 --- 11/09/19 05:29 AM Re: John Sheppard fails to show up for court in Seneca County; bench warrant reportedly issued [Re: all seeing eye]
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keep in mind the source.
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#1535838 --- Yesterday at 07:59 AM Re: Former official fails to show up for court in Seneca County; bench warrant reportedly issued [Re: all seeing eye]
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" Former County Manager John Sheppard was also charged with official misconduct." ?????????????????
If that charge sticks I will be surprised, if not shocked. The warrant is probably due to a mistake, if one was actually issued, and that's a big IF.
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#1535840 --- Yesterday at 08:18 AM Re: Former official fails to show up for court in Seneca County; bench warrant reportedly issued [Re: Hello_Governer]
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Penal Law - PEN § 195.00 Official misconduct

A public servant is guilty of official misconduct when, with intent to obtain a benefit or deprive another person of a benefit:

1.He commits an act relating to his office but constituting an unauthorized exercise of his official functions, knowing that such act is unauthorized;or

2.He knowingly refrains from performing a duty which is imposed upon him by law or is clearly inherent in the nature of his office.

Official misconduct is a class A misdemeanor.


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#1535841 --- Yesterday at 09:08 AM Re: Former official fails to show up for court in Seneca County; bench warrant reportedly issued [Re: all seeing eye]
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Every politician I have ever seen is 100% guilty of that stupid charge, even the FBI laughs when you mention it.
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#1535842 --- Yesterday at 11:38 AM Re: Former official fails to show up for court in Seneca County; bench warrant reportedly issued [Re: Hello_Governer]
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Originally Posted By: Hello_Governer
Every politician I have ever seen is 100% guilty of that stupid charge, even the FBI laughs when you mention it.
Do you talk to the FBI often? grin
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#1535862 --- Yesterday at 08:48 PM Re: Former official fails to show up for court in Seneca County; bench warrant reportedly issued [Re: Hello_Governer]
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I'm already shocked... shocked that he wasn't charged with more than 1 count of official misconduct.

John Sheppard, the Seneca County Manager, was (still is) dating Brandi Deeds, the Finance Director. He was her direct supervisor and he allowed her to take time off without using vacation time and he also allowed her to continually slack off at her job. He knew about it and covered it up for almost two years. He had his Secretary helping him do the finances for the county for almost an entire year so his girlfriend could take time off. Everyone at the top knew about it, but no one did anything to stop it. Employees who questioned what was going on or spoke up about it were lectured, threatened, disciplined, or forced to resign. Entire departments were threatened to keep quiet.

You may be right about two things though. The official misconduct charge probably won't stick because the Board of Supervisors, County Attorney, and Personnel Department supported his misconduct. It was a group effort. He couldn't have done it alone. And maybe you're right about all politicians being guilty of misconduct. Definitely sounds about right in this situation. If that's true, perhaps a few others should be charged as well? I'd start with the board members that voted against an investigation when they were well aware of the issues with the finances and the inappropriate relationship between Sheppard and Deeds.

And sorry to tell you this, but your old friend John Sheppard missed his court date and there is an active warrant for his arrest.

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