Man Accused Of Illegal Asbestos Abatement


A 36 year old former state corrections officer is in trouble with the law again, this time for allegedly releasing a hazardous material into the environment.

State police have arrested Aaron Netto of 23997 County Route 159 in the town of Watertown.

Netto is alleged to have knowingly released over 1,000 pounds of friable and non-friable asbestos-containing material into the environment while conducting an illegal asbestos abatement at 222 Academy Street in Watertown.

He's also alleged to have had a 50 year old man assist with the illegal asbestos abatement without personal protective equipment, which put the man at risk of serious physical injury. 

Netto was charged with a felony count of third-degree endangering public health, safety, or the environment and a misdemeanor count of second-degree reckless endangerment.

He was arraigned in Watertown City Court and released on his own recognizance pending grand jury action.

State police assisted the New York State Bureau of Environmental Crime Investigations with the arrest.

Netto is set to be sentenced on November 22 in connection with possessing property stolen from area construction sites.

He was supposed to go on trial in September, but just as the trial was set to begin, Netto took a plea bargain.

He pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of possessing stolen property and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

He also entered an Alford plea to the charge of fifth-degree conspiracy.

An Alford plea allows a defendant to admit no guilt to a crime.

See our earlier report

Friday, December 2, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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