Crime Lab Investigation Does Not Impact Yates CasesJun 20, 2012
An investigation into allegedly improper practices at the Monroe County Public Safety Laboratory which has led to the dismissal of the lab’s director, Janet Anderson-Seaguist, does not appear to have an impact on any local cases.
Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike responded via e-mail: “We do all our forensic evidence (DNA, blood, drugs, hairs, fibers, comparisons, firearms, ballistics, and arson) processing with the Monroe County Public Safety Laboratory per annual contract we have had for at least 35 plus years. We have never had issues. Technicians have testified in our courts for the district attorney. Ms. Anderson -Seaquist has visited my office at least three times. They have had a stellar reputation until this recent issue.” He also said, “We do not have any pending or current cases involved in this.”
Acting State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott released an investigative report June 12, 2012, that found improper and irresponsible practices at the Monroe County Public Safety Laboratory, which serves Monroe and the seven surrounding counties, including Yates and Ontario. These actions led to key evidence in criminal cases, including a rape, being destroyed.
Source: The Chronicle-Express