Second Rockland County corrections office arraigned on official misconduct charges

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NEW ROCKLAND – The Rockland County grand jury has indicted the second of two county jail corrections officers on charges related to behavior directed at female inmates.

John Kezek, 35, of the Village of Florida, was charged with five counts of official misconduct.

He was released on his own recognizance and orders of protection were granted in favor of the victims in the case.

John Kezek

“The behavior in this matter and as will be shown at trial is reprehensible and cannot be tolerated in any civil society,” said District Attorney Tom Walsh. “Females who are incarcerated are particularly vulnerable and the sexual harassment alleged in this case should be rebuked by all leaders in this county.”

The other Rockland corrections officer in the case, Christopher Taggert, 39, of New City, was indicted on 23 charges including two counts of promoting prison contraband and 21 counts of official misconduct.