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Amherst Man Arrested By NYSP For Criminal Sexual Act in the 3rd Degree.


On September 13, 2019 the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) arrested James W. Castonguay, age 29, of Amherst, NY, for Criminal Sex Act 3rd degree (4 counts), Official Misconduct (4 counts) and Rape 3rd degree (2 counts).


On May 13, 2019, the BCI commenced a joint investigation with the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Office of Special Investigations following a criminal complaint that Castonguay, a correction officer, had unlawful sexual relations with a female inmate at the Albion Correctional Facility, a facility in the Town of Albion.  The joint investigation revealed a further allegation that Castonguay had unlawful sexual relations with a second female inmate.


Castonguay was arrested, processed at SP Albion and released with an appearance in Town of Albion Court in late September 2019.



The New York State Police BCI Unit

(Bureau of Criminal Investigation)


Although uniformed troopers may completely investigate misdemeanor cases such as assault, larceny and criminal mischief, cases requiring extensive investigation or involving felonies are referred to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).


Established in 1935, the BCI is the plainclothes detective branch of the New York State Police, with over 1,000 investigative personnel in its ranks.

BCI investigators work to solve:

  • Felony crimes

  • Narcotics

  • Violent and serial crimes

  • Child abuse

  • Sexual exploitation

  • Computer and technology-related crime

  • Bias-related crimes

  • Auto theft

  • Consumer product tampering

  • Organized crime

In addition to conducting investigations initiated by the NYSP, BCI investigators regularly assist local and county law enforcement agencies that lack the investigative resources needed for major crime investigations.

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