Orleans County Sheriff's Deputy Arrested

June 5, 2011 Updated Jun 5, 2011 at 10:45 AM EDT

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Orleans County Sheriff's Deputy Arrested

June 5, 2011 Updated Jun 5, 2011 at 10:45 AM EDT

By Scott DeSmit desmit@batavianews.com The Daily News Online.com

CARLTON — An Orleans County sheriff’s deputy on medical leave was arrested Tuesday on 26 charges, including a felony, for violating an order of protection and threatening his estranged wife with a gun.

Jason M. Silleman, 37, was charged after an investigation into a domestic violence incident involving his estranged wife, who is an assistant district attorney.

Silleman was charged with felony first-degree criminal contempt of court, 12 counts of misdemeanor criminal contempt of court, 12 counts of aggravated harassment and one count of second-degree menacing.

State Police Investigator Darryl O’Shei said Silleman, who told police he is living with relatives in South Dayton, Cattaraugus County, went to his wife’s house in Carlton and “displayed a weapon” to her.

She told investigators that as she pulled into the driveway she heard a “pop,” and believed that Silleman fired the gun.

He said it has not been determined whether a shot was fired.

Silleman had a restraining order against him, barring him from any contact, in person or by phone, with his wife.

He was arraigned in Town Court and released on his own recognizance.

The charges against Silleman came the same day he was to appear in Orleans County Court for arguments regarding his appeal of an aggravated harassment conviction two years ago.

Silleman was charged in June 2009 with aggravated harassment after he sent threatening text messages to a suspect wanted for a chase involving Silleman in April of that year.

Silleman at the time said he sent the text to the man, who he knew, in an effort to locate and arrest him on a warrant stemming from the high-speed chase.

The suspect filed a complaint the next day and a state police investigation resulted in the charge against Silleman.

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