June 21, 2018 11:12 PM
The city of Rochester promised an investigation into the case of a Monroe County 911 employee accused of conducting a sexually explicit online relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
“The individual is going to go through some due process here in the city,” declared City Hall spokesman James Smith.
Scott Fiordeliso, 27, of Webster was arrested Wednesday on felony charges of dissemination of indecent material to a minor and misdemeanor charges of child endangerment.
A statement from the city identified Fiordeliso as a 911 telecommunicator and announced that he had been placed on administrative leave without pay pending the resolution of the charges against him in court.
“We hold all of our employees to the highest standards,” said Smith, who added that Fiordeliso had passed a background check.
“Unfortunately, we all know, in every walk of life, there are individuals that cross certain lines. And they need to be held accountable.”
According to legal documents from the Dansville Police Department, and a written statement by Fiordeliso himself, over a period of months Fiordeliso struck up a relationship on Facebook with the 13-year-old girl who lived in Dansville.
In his statement, the suspect said he thought the teen seemed older than 13 but admitted he later came to believe that was her real age and concluded their relationship was wrong.
The statement also acknowledged that the conversations between them became sexually graphic.
Eventually, a Dansville police investigator took over the teen’s side of the conversation and Dansville police arrested Fiordeliso at his Webster apartment.
According to Smith, there was no evidence to believe that Fiordeliso conducted his exchange with the teenager while he was on the job at the 911 center or that he was using any of the 911 center’s equipment.
Nevertheless, at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, community educator Debra Ortiz-Pardi was worried that the situation involved a trusted 911 operator.
“It’s very disconcerting,” she said, “when you see people who are in positions of authority being misguided and acting in inappropriate ways towards children.”
Ortiz-Pardi gave credit to the teen’s family for raising the alarm and involving Dansville police.
She urged families to monitor, and especially discuss, who their children are contacting online. "Hey it’s perfectly OK for parents,” she exclaimed. “It’s not being obtrusive. It’s being a parent.”
Fiordeliso was booked into the Livingston County Jail and released on bail Wednesday night.
Updated: June 21, 2018 11:12 PM
Created: June 21, 2018 04:09 PM
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