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Niagara County corrections officer fired for alleged sex abuse of inmate

LOCKPORT – A corrections officer accused of having sexual contact with an inmate in the Niagara County Jail without consent has been removed from his job but will not face any jail time.

David B. Elliott, 56, of Sanborn, was charged with a misdemeanor count of sexual abuse while on duty in February 2012.

The case was adjourned almost a dozen times in Town of Lockport Court before Justice Raymond E. Schilling, where Elliott was represented by attorney Joel Daniels.

Earlier this month Elliott was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, which will clear his record and remove the charges if he remains out of trouble for the next six months.

He was suspended without pay by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office after charges were leveled against him in 2012. The department conducted its own internal investigation, which led to his eventual dismissal.

Earlier this year, Sheriff James R. Voutour said the charges against Elliott involved more than one female inmate and occurred over a period of time.

Voutour said Daniels “is using our internal hearings to glean as much information to dispute everything he can in the criminal case. That’s why this is getting so dragged out.”

Daniels, who spoke to The Buffalo News in court, did not deny Voutour’s assessment and agreed that the department’s investigation is part of his case.

“We are waiting for the results of arbitration,” Daniels said prior to his client’s dismissal from his job.

Through the end of 2012 alone, the county had spent $21,898 on disciplinary measures against Elliott.

Elliott was a six-year veteran of the department.