Warrant issued for officer
JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department on Friday was looking for one of its own corrections officers arrested last November for making terrorist threats, but skipping his scheduled Tuesday appearance in Johnstown City Court.
A warrant has been issued for sheriff’s Sgt. Eric D. Sweet, 47, of 347 W. State St. Ext., town of Johnstown. He failed to appear Tuesday in City Court and Judge Brett Preston issued a warrant for him.
“We’re out looking for him,” Sheriff Richard Giardino said Friday. “I don’t think the community should be concerned.”
Sweet is a Fulton County Sheriff’s Department corrections officer. He currently faces one felony count in City Court of making a terroristic threat. He was arrested by the sheriff’s department Nov. 15 for making terrorist threats and allegedly stating he was going to shoot both jail staff and inmates, according to Giardino.
He has been currently out of work on paid administrative leave, but is now wanted.
“I don’t think he’s a threat to the general public,” Giardino said. “I do believe it’s a concern for the jail that he warranted out [of].”
Sweet had been through about three City Court appearances, which were adjourned, before he failed to show Tuesday.
Giardino said there are various reasons why someone might not appear in court, possibly intentional or maybe a defendant faces “confusion” about the court date.
The sheriff said Gloversville attorney Michael Albanese — Sweet’s lawyer — has been notified that the sheriff’s office seeks the whereabouts of his client.
According to a news release issued by Giardino last November, Sweet was charged after making terrorist threats and allegedly stating he was going to shoot both jail staff and inmates. Sweet, a Fulton County corrections sergeant, was arrested after an investigation based on remarks he had made at the jail on Route 29 at Harrison Street in November.
The release said Sweet stated he would go into the facilities Control Room, get a secured weapon and shoot the control officer. Sweet stated that he would lock down the facility, and then shoot the lieutenant. The release said the officer then stated he would then drag the captain through the facility, making the captain watch as he shot both the inmates and his fellow corrections officers.
The release said Sweet admitted making the statements, “saying that it was a joke and he was venting.”
But Giardino said in this day of mass shootings, threats such as those allegedly made by Sweet are “no joke.”
He added the case “raises all kinds of red flags. It elevates the seriousness, when it’s a member of law enforcement.”
Sweet was originally incarcerated in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond, later bonded out of the correctional facility.