Clarification: A previous version of this story stated that Vann made a threat to the alleged victim on Instagram. In fact, a lawyer argued that postings he made on his own account were an implied threat to her client.
ITHACA, N.Y. — A Tompkins County Sheriff’s deputy facing five felony and 11 misdemeanor charges pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon in court.
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“I am not guilty. I did nothing wrong,” Jeremy Vann said.
From December 2014 to April 2015, Vann is accused of a series of crimes including attacking a woman, hitting her dog, pinning the woman to the floor repeatedly, trying to prevent her from calling 911, and concealing evidence of the crime.
He’s been out of custody since the incident after posting $5,000 bail.
In court, assistant district attorney Wendy Franklin requested the amount be increased to $50, 000 cash bail or $250,000 bond.
She cited Vann’s history with mental illness and said he may have made implied threats against the alleged victim on Instagram as recently as Sept. 3, 2015.
Vann’s attorney, Ray Schlather, accused Franklin of stating information about Vann that is not relevant to his bail.
“What the counsel is doing is trying Deputy Vann to the press,” he said.
Franklin persisted saying Vann had contacted the victim through third parties attempting to convince her to recant the accusations against him.
A Tompkins County clerk said the details of those text messages are not available to the public.
In court, Franklin said Vann’s Instagram account stated the following:
I will bring the fight to your home, to keep you out of mine. I will pursue relentlessly all who threaten my people. I will sacrifice so that others may live. I am a citizen, I am an American, I am a Soldier. I am a sheepdog. If you strike me, or those like me, you will lay upon the earth until you are buried in it.
Judge John Rowley, who is overseeing the case temporarily in lieu of Judge Joseph Cassidy, said he understood Franklin’s safety concerns but said he does not think Vann is a flight risk and has not shown that he is a danger to others since bail was posted.
Rowley did, however, uphold orders of protection against Vann from the victim and her parents.
Also noted during the arraignment by Schlather was the fact that his client has turned in all his guns upon being ordered to do so from a lower court.
Vann is currently suspended from the sheriff’s office with pay, officials said.
He is scheduled to reappear in court in October.
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