JAMESTOWN - Joseph J. Casel, 41, of Hallock St., Jamestown was remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on charges of Felony first-degree criminal contempt on Tuesday, March 5.
According to the police department, a trooper arrested Casel on the accusation he allegedly violated an order of protection issued by Chautauqua Town Court on July 20, 2012. The court ordered Casel to refrain from contacting a female victim. Tuesday morning, Casel violated the order by contacting the female victim via cellphone after a Chautauqua County Family Court appearance in the City of Jamestown. This action is elevated to a Felony offense because the defendant has been previously convicted of first- or second-degree criminal contempt within the preceding five years. A check with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services indicated Casel was convicted on July 20, 2012 of second-degree criminal contempt. Casel was processed at State Police Jamestown, arraigned in Jamestown City Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.