Ever notice how quiet the police are when it comes to their own mental problems?
A former Frankfort police officer charged with illegally seizing another officer’s phone records is now accused of possessing stolen items from the village police department, authorities said.
Former officer Daniel Hermann, 39, also was charged Friday with first-degree criminal contempt, a felony, after he showed up at his home in Yorkville allegedly in violation of an order that had just been issued out of Oneida County Family Court, Yorkville Officer Patrick Collea said.
Herrman was then charged with two misdemeanor counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for two police items he still had from his prior employment as a Frankfort village police officer.
“He did not have permission to have these items from the current administration of the Frankfort Police Department,” Collea said, without identifying the specific items.
Herrman currently is being held at the Oneida County jail on $25,000 bail.
Herrman was removed from the village police force in July 2010 after it was confirmed that Herrman no longer was certified to be a police officer.
Herrman’s departure occurred around the same time Steven Conley retired as police chief amid mounting allegations that portrayed Conley as a belligerent, out-of-control administrator. Among those allegations was a disputed report that Conley choked one of his officers, Samuel Ameduri III, during a heated argument in February 2010.
Herrman and Conley also left the police department just as evidence surfaced that Herrman had faxed emergency request forms to Verizon Wireless in order to seize Ameduri’s phone records dating back to the time Conley allegedly choked Ameduri.
Herrman has since been charged with forgery and official misconduct in connection to Ameduri’s phone records.
But just as Herrman was appearing in Herkimer County Court last Wednesday on those forgery charges, authorities were also trying to locate Herrman due to reported concerns for his welfare and state of mind, Collea said.
Herrman was later taken into custody for a mental evaluation. Upon his release Friday, Herrman was directed to meet police at the Yorkville Police Station but instead he went directly to his home while officers were there, Collea said.
That’s when Herrman was charged with violating a court order, although he had not threatened anyone at that time, Collea said.
The alleged stolen police items were discovered during an investigation by Yorkville police that began several weeks ago, Collea said. That investigation is still underway, but New York State Police are now involved as part of the investigation has moved out of Yorkville’s jurisdiction, Collea said.
In the meantime, Herrman’s attorney, Michael Daley, on Monday said that Herrman’s newest charges will be taken into consideration as his other case moves forward in Herkimer County.
“Any new allegations certainly will impact any negotiations on a possible disposition for the pending charges,” Daley said.