WEST SPARTA — A West Sparta resident has been arrested on felony sex offense charges after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said Tuesday.

On Feb. 4, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested and charged Thomas G. Lamonte, 53, with felony criminal sexual act in the second-degree, a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child.

It is alleged that between January and June of 2019, Lamonte had sexual contact with a person less than 15 years old.

Lamonte was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention as the offense qualified for arraignment and the possibility of bail to be set under the NYS Justice Reform Act. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charge. It was recommended that Lamonte be held on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

Lamonte was arraigned on Feb. 5 at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Geneseo Justice Kathleen Houston. The Judge did remand Lamonte to the custody of the Sheriff on the recommended bail of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Lamonte appeared before Livingston County Court Judge Kevin Van Allen on Feb. 10. The Judge did release Lamonte with no monetary conditions with electronic home monitoring for 60 days and Deputies set Lamonte free.

The investigation was conducted by Investigator Brad Schneider and Investigator Gene Chichester of the Criminal Investigations Division, and Deputy Bob Holt of the Forensic Identification Unit.