WHEATFIELD — The case of a Town of Lewiston police officer accused of using his cell phone to record a women changing in a locker room has been adjourned as his attorney reviews new information.
Alexander P. Ruckh of Lewiston was arrested by New York State Police on Dec. 13 after he turned himself in on three counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance, an E-felony. He appeared before Wheatfield Town Justice Gary Strenkowski on Tuesday evening with his attorney, Joseph LaTona.
"Yesterday, I received new information which must be investigated," LaTona said. He added that he had shared the information with the Niagara Country District Attorney's Office, which was in agreement that more time was needed to review the new information. LaTona declined to discuss the nature of the new evidence.
Ruckh is alleged to have "surreptitiously video recorded (a female) victim changing her clothes in a locker room on numerous occasions” in the spring and summer of 2017, according to a statement from District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek at the time of Ruckh's arrest.
Following his arrest, Ruckh was placed on unpaid leave by the Lewiston Police Department, and Chief Frank Previte said that his employment with the department would be determined after legal proceedings have concluded.
In order to protect the victim's identity, police have not released the location where the surveillance took place, but indicated that it did not happen in a government facility. An order of protection has been issued requiring that Ruckh avoid all contact with the victim.
Wojtaszek said Ruckh was targeting one victim and was not attempting to record any other women who had used the same facility. He was not believed to have been on duty at the time when the incidents occurred.
Ruckh is due back in court at 6 p.m. Nov. 5.