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Greece Police Officer Accused of Giving Alcohol to Minor Fired

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Rochester: Greece Police Officer Accused of Giving Alcohol to Minor Fired
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The Greece Police Department has fired an officer charged with giving a minor alcohol.

Officer Sam Ross was charged back in October with three counts of unlawfully dealing with a child.

The Greece Town Board voted on Wednesday night to fire Ross, a nine-year-veteran, for misconduct.

Ross is accused of visiting a nightclub and other locations in August with an underage male and then buying him alcoholic drinks. He's been charged with unlawfully dealing with a minor.

It's not the first time the Greece Police Department has been marred by scandal, which happened in several high-profile cases under previous Chief Merritt Rahn. The current Chief, Todd Baxter, said that while it can happen, he is committed to eliminating it.

"We will have transgressions. They always will occur. We lead people. It's a people business. None of us go to work to have an error occur," Baxter said. "What the community is going to hold us to is what we do when they do occur. Are we forthwith, are we straightforward, do we hold ourselves to a high standard, do we police our own well? All those things occurred in this incident. It's an unfortunate incident. It's not easy, it's not fun. But we held the standard and we will always try to do that the best we can."

Ross faces those unlawfully dealing with a minor charges in Irondequoit.

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