Livingston County discusses search for suspect that began at Strong Hospital

Authorities Find Man Who Left Hospital

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Livingston County sheriff’s deputies spoke on Monday about the search for a man accused of sexual abuse.

That search began on Saturday night at Strong Hospital, where the man was a patient, and ended when authorities found him at a home in the City of Rochester early Sunday morning. That’s where he was taken into custody.

Patrick Steinmetz faces a number of charges including three counts of felony criminal sex act, felony aggravated patronizing a minor for prostitution, felony promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, and felony use of a child in a sexual performance. This followed an investigation alleging that Steinmetz sexually abused a child under the age of 17.

Steinmetz was arrested on April 4 in Livingston County. According to deputies, he suffered a medical issue the next day while in custody and he was taken to Strong Hospital.

While at the hospital, the sheriff’s office maintained around the clock custody of Steinmetz. After a week of being hospitalized, Steinmetz was released from custody by a court order, under the condition that his release would be reviewed regularly.

The next day, Saturday, he left the hospital. Because of the severity of the charges, the sheriff’s office contacted the court, which issued an order for Steinmetz to be taken back into custody without bail.

Multiple law enforcement agencies searched the grounds of Strong Hospital on Saturday night but Steinmetz was no longer there. Deputies and investigators worked into the early morning hours to find Steinmetz at the home.

Patrick Steinmetz