ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany County Correction Officer Carlo Sorriento, a 23-year veteran of the department, now faces a felony charge after being arrested by the Albany County Sheriff's Office Tuesday.
The arrest came after a complaint that Sorriento, 48, of 19 Sharpe Avenue in Wynantskill, allegedly attempted to coerce a former correctional facility administrator to secretly change his assignments at the jail and union contract. Sorriento is alleged to have made several demands that would benefit his needs and threatened to release information that would be damaging to the Administrator's reputation should his demands not be met. Text messages and phone calls allegedly exist that show Sorriento's intentions.
He now faces a felony charge of Coercion 1st-degree and a misdemeanor counts of Aggravated Harassment and Official Misconduct.
He has been suspended from the department without pay.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says he is disappointed and angered by the whole incident. Apple says he hopes Sorriento does not even try to return to his post.
"It's unbelievable," Apple says. "It's almost unimaginable that someone, a veteran employee, with that type of veteran credits in the system would jeopardize his family over something as ludicrous as this."
Sorriento was arraigned in the Town of Bethlehem Court before Judge Michael Katzer and released on $10,000 bail.