EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Monticello officer who admitted to sex assault of underage teen reinstated to department after arrest

Jeremy Solomon admitted to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old in 2017 when he was 24 years old.

Blaise Gomez

May 2, 2024, 9:40 PM

Updated 24 days ago

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There are new community concerns in Monticello now that a police officer - who admitted to sexually assaulting an underage teen - is back on the job while new felony charges against him are pending.
Jeremy Solomon admitted to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old in 2017 when he was 24 years old.
He was sentenced to three years' probation, but court records show his conviction was later overturned because of a typo that incorrectly listed the victim as 17 years old.
News 12 has learned that Solomon is back on the job as a dispatcher as of Thursday.
“The biggest victims here are the community,” says the village’s former Mayor George Nikolados. “A sexual assault victim having to go into a police department wouldn’t know if they’re even safe in our own police department to report a crime.”
Nikolados says Solomon was reinstated as a dispatcher in 2022 after he initially resigned as a police officer but sued to get his job back after an appeal overturned his conviction.
Solomon was arrested again in January and suspended by Monticello’a previous village board after allegedly lying about his criminal past on his new police application. He was charged by state police with falsifying business records and offering a false instrument with intent to defraud, both felonies.
“He’s under the impression that since his case was thrown out on a technicality that the statement he made under oath doesn’t count,” Nikolados says.
Nikolados says Solomon used the recent village election to get back into the police department again.
“Basically, extorting me saying if you don’t put me back in as a police officer, I’m going to take these ballots and give it to the other guys," says Nikolados.
A new mayor and three new trustees took office last month.
Nikolados and police sources say Solomon was given the green light by the new board in April to return to work.
“I don’t see how any of that makes sense,” John Festa, who works in the village, says.
Other people News 12 spoke to in the area say they have concerns.
“If anyone else does that, they sit in jail,” says another man who didn’t give his name. “Apparently, there may be two sets of laws in this country.”
News 12 reached out to attorneys for the village and Solomon for comment but haven’t heard back.
News 12 will have more on this story on Friday, including why two Monticello police sergeants say they’re being retaliated against by village officials for reporting concerns about Solomon’s police application to the district attorney, which resulted in Solomon’s latest arrest.


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