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Homer man charged with divulging information to grand jury

CORTLANDT - members of the New York State Police and Cortland Police Department arrested a Homer resident for charges related to releasing secret information he learned while serving on a Cortland County Grand Jury.  The investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Cortland County District Attorney’s office. 
 
State Police charged Collin C. Horak, 23, of 1686 Lighthouse Road, Homer, with Unlawful Grand Jury Disclosure, a class E Felony, and Unlawful Disclosure of an Indictment, a class B Misdemeanor.  Horack was arrested after an investigation revealed that in July, 2014, while Horack was serving as a grand juror, he provided information to a defendant that included the Grand Jury testimony of witnesses and that a sealed indictment had been handed down by the Grand Jury.  The information that was improperly divulged involved drug cases. 
 
Grand Jury proceedings and actions taken by a Grand Jury are required by law to be kept secret, with exception for witnesses, who may disclose their own testimony.
 
As a result of the investigation, District Attorney Mark Suben said “I consider such wrongful disclosures to strike at the heart of our ability to successfully prosecute serious crimes.” 
 
Horak was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.