Schenectady County

Albany County deputy sheriff charged with assault

A 19-year veteran of the Albany County Sheriff’s Department who allegedly assaulted a female acquain

A 19-year veteran of the Albany County Sheriff’s Department who allegedly assaulted a female acquaintance at his residence last week has been arrested and suspended without pay.

Deputy Sheriff Craig Zarriello, 46, of Mountainview Drive, Colonie, allegedly choked and punched the 27-year-old woman who was staying at his residence Jan. 10 and again Jan. 11.

He was arrested Wednesday and charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and released on $2,500 bail. He was placed under the supervision of the Albany County Probation Department.

Zarriello had been assigned to the inmate transportation and court security detail at the Albany County Judicial Center.

Sheriff James R. Campbell said Zarriello called in sick Monday and when he reported to work on Tuesday, his supervisors detected a smell of alcohol on his breath. However, an alcohol test came back negative, Campbell said.

“He wasn’t himself, he was shaky, disoriented and he was interviewed and said he was having a problem with his girlfriend,” said Campbell. “Up until Tuesday morning we had no idea this was going on.”

Sheriff’s patrols searched for the woman, and on Tuesday she came in and filed a complaint, alleging Zarriello assaulted her. He was charged with third-degree assault and an order of protection has been issued.

It’s not the first time Zarriello has been in trouble with the law.

On Nov. 17, 1995, Zarriello was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree menacing when his wife filed a complaint against him alleging that in August 1994 and August 1995 he struck her and threatened her with a knife.

He was given an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, said Campbell.

He was suspended without pay, demoted from sergeant to deputy sheriff, transferred to the Voorheesville station and put on probation for one year.

As part of his probation, he was ordered to participate in counseling to correct abusive behavior and excessive alcohol consumption, according to Campbell.

He left the area from Sept. 30, 2003, to Oct. 28, 2005, moving to Bradenton, Fla., and working as a police officer there.

He came back and sought reinstatement. Campbell said authorities checked with Florida police, who reported no complaints about him, so he returned to duty in October 2005 as a sheriff’s deputy.

Campbell said there have been no complaints about him since he returned to work.

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