posted on February 21, 2012 11:22
A disgraced and suspended Orleans County Sheriff's Deputy agreed to resign his job Tuesday, part of a plea deal for violating an order of protection and contacting his estranged wife.
38-year-old Jason Silleman avoided far more serious charges in pleading guilty to a pair of second-degree criminal contempt counts. Silleman made the plea in Genesee County Court, due to obvious conflicts of interest in Orleans County because of his former job as deputy.
With the plea, Silleman avoided several assault charges, which alleged that he'd attacked his estranged wife.
Silleman has been suspended without pay from the Orleans County Sheriff's Department since mid-2011, after he was accused of assaulting an estranged wife, who happened to be an Assistant District Attorney for Orleans County.
In court Tuesday, Silleman quietly agreed to resign as deputy, and also waived his right to appeal the conviction. His voice shook as he admitted to violating orders of protection and calling his estranged wife's phone.
Silleman faces up to two years in prison at sentencing, scheduled for May 23rd in Genesee County. He is currently employed and living in Cattaraugus County.