Both the State Police and the Monticello Police Department are refusing to comment on Yermia “Jeremy” Solomon's employment as a police officer in the Village of Monticello.

On Thursday, we reported that Solomon, 25, of Woodridge was arrested for allegedly raping a child. We put the article on our Facebook page and people quickly commented saying that the accused was a Monticello Police Officer.

A May 2013 article from the Sullivan County Democrat shows a grinning Solomon being sworn into office as new Village of Monticello police officer.

And a public records database search confirms that in 2015 Yermia was paid $24,033.71 by the Village of Monticello, $17,194.43 by the Village of Woodridge and $9,528.62 by the Village of Liberty.

Nevertheless, the New York State Police and the Village of Monticello have decided to stay mum on Solomon's employment.

We contacted the State Police Troop F (Middletown), who issued the original press release and were told: "The State Police are taking the position of not talking about his employment, as it has nothing to do with the case."

A New York State Police officer who answered at the Troop F office after a series of transferred phone calls went on to say: "If you read between the lines, you can figure it out." He went on to say, "You can also call the Monticello Police Department and see if they can confirm the reports".

We called the Monticello Police Department and were told that they could not comment on the matter as Chief Robert Mir was the only one authorized to comment. Mir was unavailable following Solomon's arrest on Thursday and remained unavailable on Friday.


Original Story:

A Sullivan County man is facing felony rape charges following an investigation. 

The New York State Police Troop F Child Abuse Unit have announced the arrest of Yermia “Jeremy” Solomon, 25, of Woodridge, NY.

Over the course of the investigation it was determined that Solomon engaged in sexual relations with a minor who was less than 17 years old at the time.

Solomon was charged with Rape in the third-degree (Class E Felony), Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Official Misconduct.

Solomon was arraigned in the Town of Thompson Court and remanded to Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

An Order of Protection was issued on behalf of the victim.

Solomon is scheduled to return to court at a later date.