Hassell had also been charged by Amity-based State Police in 2016

 

Head DECK: Hassell sentenced on rape, criminal sex act charges

Byline: By John Anderson
Byline attribution: Regional Editor

GENESEO — A strange case of multiple charges that began with an arrest of two men for possessing a sexual performance by a child on a cell phone and went on to accusations of bullying during arraignments has ended with a 10-year jail sentence for a Nunda man.

Herman J. Hassell, 48, of 12 Massachusetts St., was sentenced in Livingston County Court to 10 years in prison after a guilty plea to felony first-degree rape and felony first-degree attempted criminal sex act.

A Livingston County grand jury in August 2016 handed down three charges of felony predatory sexual assault by a child, first-degree felony criminal sex act, three counts of felony criminal sex act and two endangering the welfare of a child charges.

Cases against Hassell are from the Amity-based state police, the Nunda Police Department, Allegany County’s Child Protective Services, the Allegany County District Attorney’s Office and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.

Livingston County Judge Robert Wiggins’ office said Tuesday, in addition to the 10-year sentence, there will be a 20-year post-release supervision. With the prison sentence, the original bail has been revoked.

Troopers said they worked with Child Protective Services in Allegany County in May, then in June, Hassell and John A. Wesner, 41, of Hume were arrested.
Troopers charged Wesner with first-degree rape, first-degree engaging in a course of sexual conduct, first-degree incest, all felonies, and felony first-degree sexual abuse. Troopers charged Hassell with felony possessing a sexual performance by a child and endangering the welfare of a child. Investigators said Wesner and Hassell are related.

Troopers said Hassell allegedly had a video showing a sex act between a 12-year-old child and 40-year-old. Hassell allegedly then forwarded photographs to another person. Hassell was jailed in Allegany County.

Nunda police charged Hassell with harassment in April and in June, Livingston County sheriff’s deputies charged him with harassment. Both times, he allegedly threatened someone and one time, he violated a court order of protection, police said.

Outside of court during a bail hearing in 2016, Hassell made a few comments and Nunda residents voiced their concerns.

“I’d really like to flip all of you the bird right now, but I can’t exercise my First Amendment right,” Hassell told a videographer from WHEC TV 8 in Rochester.

Darlene Gleason of Nunda said to WHEC, “He gets away with it all the time. There are a million charges against him and nothing ever gets done with him ... He walked by my house with a .357 Magnum.”