Correction officer convicted

(Original publication: May 26, 2005)

A 15-year county correction officer was convicted yesterday of stealing from an inmate at the Rockland County jail.

Terry Street, 41, of 31 Eagle St., Chestnut Ridge, was convicted of fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, and will be dismissed from his county job, Rockland Undersheriff Thomas Guthrie said.

"This really comes as a huge betrayal to all of us," Guthrie said. "If we didn't have the cameras, somebody else would have took the blame for this."

Street was found guilty of stealing $1,500 that belonged to inmate Curtis Wilson, 34, of New Haven, Conn.

New York State Police confiscated $1,500 from Wilson after charging him Aug. 3 with having fraudulent checks and identification.

State police sent Wilson's money and other personal property to the county jail, and Street was in charge of logging inmate property at the time.

The jail had no record of receiving the cash and property.

Street was charged Aug. 19 after an investigation by the county sheriff.

"State troopers, their careers would have been in jeopardy over this," Guthrie said. "They were the last ones in possession of it. It could have left a lot of room for suspicion and that's terrible. Fortunately, the cameras proved that the state troopers had given it to us."

Street was being held in the Rockland County jail yesterday with bail set at $10,000. Sentencing is July 26. He faces up to four years in state prison.

Street has been suspended from his county job since he was charged.

Source: http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050526/NEWS03/505260349/1023/NEWS07

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