MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County has reached a financial settlement with two individuals connected to the case of a former county corrections officer who had sexual contact with an inmate.
On Wednesday night the county legislature voted on an emergency resolution to pay a settlement total of $75,000 each to Naseka Browne and Tashiany Martin. The two were involved in a civil rights lawsuit in New York Western District Court against former corrections officer Jeffrey Swan and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the resolution, the county’s insurance carrier and the county law department recommended the settlement claim $75,000 each. The money will come from the county’s liability and casualty reserve fund.
The resolution doesn’t specify the connection between either of the two plaintiffs and Swan, who was arrested in April 2014 after an investigation revealed he allegedly had sexual contact with at least one female inmate. He was suspended from his job in February 2014. Shortly afterward, he handed in his resignation. When the charges were first filed, then-district attorney David Foley indicated that the sexual contact allegedly occurred between January and February of 2014. The female inmate was a federal inmate and was transferred to another facility.
In August 2014, Swan reached a plea agreement with the DA’s office. According to current county district attorney Patrick Swanson, Swan pleaded guilty to third degree criminal sex act – a Class E felony – and was sentenced to 10 years probation.