District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II announced today that John Kezek, of Knoxville, Tennessee, formerly of Florida, New York, a former Corrections Officer with the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office has pleaded guilty to Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree (Class E Felony) and forcible touching (Class A Misdemeanor) following a 2021 investigation into criminal activity inside the Rockland County Jail.
Due to the nature of the crimes and to protect the identity of the victim, very limited information can be released. The charges were based on allegations made by a female victim who came into contact with Kezek while he was working in his official capacity as a Corrections Officers for the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office.
Rockland County District Attorney Walsh said, “As a corrections officer, you have a critical responsibility to uphold the law and protect those who are under your supervision. The actions by the defendant have not only harmed the victim but have also undermined the efforts of the many dedicated and hardworking corrections officers who strive to maintain the highest standards of the profession.
It is important to acknowledge that the actions of an individual should not reflect upon the entire community of corrections officers. Every day, the majority of corrections officers perform their duties with integrity, professionalism, and a deep commitment to keeping those under their supervision safe. I would like to personally thank Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco for his assistance in this investigation.”
Kezek is scheduled for sentencing on July 26, 2023. He will be sentenced to a period of 5 years probation with a permanent order of protection for the victim. Executive Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Devlin prosecuted the case.
Please see attached press release from the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office