SCHENECTADY COUNTY — A former corrections sergeant who was on duty when a detainee was assaulted by a Schenectady County corrections officer has been indicted on two misdemeanor counts of official misconduct, the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
A grand jury on Wednesday indicted former Sgt. Timothy Bruce for not seeking medical attention for the detainee, who was allegedly beaten by corrections officer Eugene Sellie last Nov. 9, following an argument about how long it was taking to release the detainee. The person beaten was earlier identifed as John Mannarino.
The attack took place after Sellie took Mannarino to a secluded area of the jail without cameras in it and assaulted him there, prosecutors say.
The attack left Mannarino, who is not named in the indictment, with “numerous broken ribs, a broken collar bone, a collapsed lung and bruises on his face,” according to the indictment.
The alleged attack quickly came to light, and both Sellie and Bruce were fired by Sheriff Dominic Dagostino the day after the attack.
In January, a grand jury indicted Sellie on two counts of second-degree assault, which are felonies, and two counts of official misconduct. Those charges remain pending.
The new indictment says that Bruce was present for the immediate aftermath of the assault but did nothing to get medical help for Mannarino.
“The misdemeanor charges of official misconduct arose from the failure of Sgt. Bruce to seek medical attention for the injured detainee prior to his discharge from the jail and for failure to comply with the use of force procedures of the correctional facility after the assault took place,” according to District Attorney Robert Carney’s office.
Mannarino was scheduled to be released from the jail through a court order from Niskayuna Town Court the day of the alleged assault, and Sellie was tasked with releasing him.
Authorities were tipped off quickly when a probation officer pulled over after he saw Mannarino walking with difficulty along the sidewalk at the corner of Veeder Avenue and Albany Street in Schenectady — across the street from the county jail — and stopped to check on him, officials have said.