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Schenectady County sheriff's deputy fired after being charged with assault

Schenectady County sheriff's deputy fired after being charged with assault

The deputy is the second sheriff's employee to lose his job over an arrest in just over a week
Schenectady County sheriff's deputy fired after being charged with assault
Vincent Stone (inset); the Schenectady County Sheriff's Office and jail (Background)
Photographer: Rotterdam Police (inset); Gazette file photo (background)

ROTTERDAM — A Schenectady County Sheriff's deputy who was hired in March after a previous run-in with the law has been terminated after being charged with assault, Sheriff Dominic Dagostino said.

The incident follows the resignation of a Schenectady County Jail correction officer just over a week ago, related to a burglary charge in Colonie.

In the new case, Vincent Stone, 38, was arrested by Rotterdam police officers late Sunday and was charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned early Monday morning, police said.

Officers responded to a 911 call made by a family member at the Steeple Way home and determined Stone had assaulted is girlfriend there. The woman suffered a "swollen, bruised and bloody nose," according to police allegations filed in court.

Stone was cooperative, police said.

Stone had been a sheriff's deputy since March. He was hired about three years after he resigned from the Rotterdam Police Department in the wake of a 2014 domestic-related assault arrest in Schenectady.

Dagostino hired Stone as a transfer, which gave him the ability to immediately fire the deputy without challenge. The sheriff said he fired Stone after learning of the arrest later Monday morning.

"We make it real clear that either you live up to our expectations or you don't stay here very long," Dagostino said Tuesday.

Stone's prior arrest happened in Schenectady in October 2014, when he was accused of fighting with city officers responding to a call about a domestic dispute. 

The criminal case against him has since been sealed, but Stone resigned from the Rotterdam force about six months after his arrest. He had been an officer with the department for eight years.

Dagostino has hired officers with troubled pasts before. Last week, he confirmed he recently hired Schenectady Police officer Daniel Coppola, who is his stepson. Coppola pleaded guilty in May to driving while ability impaired while off duty.

In 2016, Dagostino hired suspended Albany officer Michael Geraci Jr., amid allegations of an off-duty assault in Colonie. 

Dagostino has said transfers save his department money, as they provide trained personnel and, as in Stone's case, if they don't work out during the probationary period, he can fire them immediately.

There had been no previous incidents regarding Stone's on-duty conduct, Dagostino said.

Stone's arrest and termination came a week after Schenectady County corrections officer Robert Sala resigned and turned himself in to Colonie police on a burglary charge. He is accused of breaking into the home of a 94-year-old neighbor in a search of money.

Also, four Schenectady County Jail correction officers resigned in April because of their association with a former guard who was arrested on drug charges.

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