A Manlius Village Justice has been accused of stealing a fine paid to the village last month. Justice Steven Alderman was charged with petit larceny after a $155 fine paid by a teenager went missing.
Manlius police Captain Bill Bleyle said the incident occurred on June 2 and was reported June 3. He said the police department began the investigation and then called in the county district attorney's office.
"Once we felt we had reason to believe a crime occurred we called the DA and turned the investigation over to them," he said.
Bleyle would not say what evidence made the police believe a crime had occurred. He also said he believes Alderman is facing charges in addition to petit larceny, but was unsure of what those charges were. The case has been assigned to the town of Pompey court.
District Attorney William Fitzpatrick was unavailable for comment and First Chief Assistant District Attorney Rick Trunfio said the case was pending trial and he would not speak about it.
"It's pending, I'm not going to comment any further on the case," he said Monday, July 14.
Bleyle said petit larceny is a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail.
Beth Bar, public information officer for the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct said a complaint against Alderman could be made in relation to the charges. She said if such a complaint was investigated and found to be valid, the commission could decide to remove, publicly censure, or publicly admonish a justice.
Bar said complaints are confidential and she could not comment on whether or not there had been a complaint filed against Alderman.
Kathryn Schoenberger is a contributing writer for Eagle Newspapers.