I-Team 10 Investigation: Court clerk in Ontario County arrested

Posted at: 10/28/2013 5:36 PM
Updated at: 10/28/2013 7:37 PM
By: Brett Davidsen

Investigators say it was a family affair. A mother, father and son, all busted for what police are calling a marijuana growing operation. I-Team 10 learned the mother is also a court clerk in Ontario County.

Loren Garlock was arrested along with her husband and son. Deputies say they seized more than 16 ounces of marijuana from the family's home. 

I-Team 10 went to Garlock's house to try to ask her some questions about the allegations, but she refused to answer our questions. Garlock lives in the town of Bristol and was arraigned on Friday on felony charges of criminal possession of marijuana. According to investigators, they found a marijuana growing operation in her basement and plants growing in both the house and behind the garage. After seizing more than a pound of pot, they arrested Garlock along with her husband, Thomas and their son, Peter Garlock.

Loren worked as the court clerk for one of the justices in the town of Richmond. I-Team 10 learned that it was her boss, Justice Ed Loux, who sprung her from jail after posting her $250 bail. Right now, she is still on the payroll at the town. Because she works for the judge, it's not exactly clear who has the authority to affect her job status.

I-Team 10 spoke with the attorney for the town of Richmond late Monday afternoon. He says the town board will be addressing the issue as early as Tuesday. 

Russ Kenyon, Richmond Town Attorney, said, "I'm fairly confident the town board will be able to take some preliminary action. I don't know if I would call it disciplinary, but she's an employee that is subject to being suspended, I believe, just like any other employee."

I-Team 10 did speak with Justice Ed Loux by phone. He says Garlock has been a long-time family friend and that's why he posted her bail and saw no conflict in doing so.