WOODRIDGE – Yermia “Jeremy” Solomon, an officer with the Monticello Police Department, has been charged with raping a minor, according to state police.
Solomon, 25, from Woodridge, had sexual contact with a minor under the age of 17, state police said in a news release.
An order of protection was issued, and Solomon is on paid leave, according to police.
Solomon was charged with third-degree rape, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child and official misconduct, both misdemeanors.
Under state penal law, a charge of official misconduct reflects an official’s “unauthorized exercise of his official functions,” for personal benefit, and with the knowledge that the act is unauthorized.
The investigation began when state police received an anonymous hotline report, according to Chris Thorpe, a senior investigator with the state police. Thorpe is not the investigator on Solomon’s case.
Thorpe said Solomon’s job “had nothing to do with how the suspect met the victim in this case.”
State police declined to say if the alleged contact happened once or multiple times, or if more charges are pending.
The investigation is ongoing, Thorpe said.
Monticello police Chief Robert Mir said Solomon, who has been with the department for about three years, is on paid leave indefinitely. Solomon made about $71,000 in 2016, according to SeeThroughNY.net.
State police have not provided any additional information about the matter, Mir said. He said the department will “handle this appropriately” and cooperate fully with the investigation.
Yermia Solomon is not related to Monticello Mayor Doug Solomon, who said the village knew about the arrest but did not have details.
State police first released information about the case just before 10:30 a.m. Thursday, but the news release was removed from its website shortly thereafter. Thorpe said the senior investigator on the case wanted to double-check the release for accuracy. The release was reposted, with no additional information, just after 3 p.m. It did not identify Solomon as a police officer.
Solomon was arraigned in Town of Thompson Court and was released from Sullivan County Jail on $50,000 bail.
He will return to Village of Woodridge Court on a later date and is being represented by attorney Henri Shawn, who declined to comment.