NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Brian J. Ratajczak
On March 15, 2023, State Police members in Bath conducted an investigation into an individual that was held against their will and threatened with a gun in the town of Cameron. As a result of the investigation, Judge Michael Stewart, age 48, Cameron Town Court, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree, Menacing 2nd degree, Unlawful Imprisonment 2nd degree, and Criminal Mischief 4th degree. Stewart was processed and transported to the Steuben County Jail, where he was released on March 16, 2023, following arraignment.
Upon his release from jail, Stewart immediately violated the order of protection and was arrested for Criminal Contempt 2nd degree. Further investigation into this matter resulted in Stewart being charged with five counts of Criminal Sale of a Firearm 3rd degree. Stewart was transported to Steuben County Jail where he awaits arraignment.