RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro was found in violation of Nevada ethics standards after a investigation Wednesday by Nevada Commission on Ethics.
Antinoro was fined $2,500 for using his public position in a child custody issue, which officials said is in violation of several Nevada laws.
The executive director of the Nevada Commission on Ethics told News 4-Fox 11 that the hearing discussed evidence showing that Sheriff Antinoro allowed his wife to use the Sheriff’s Office for a two-hour child visitation appointment on a day that the Office is not open to the public for business.
Sheriff Antinoro was also accused of creating an 'appearance of impropriety and/or a conflict of interest' when he provided law enforcement services for this child visitation appointment involving his wife and stepdaughter.
The Ethics Commission says Sheriff Antinoro has previously committed two ethics violations in regard to his use of government resources and his private interests and today's ruling brings that number to three.
News 4-Fox 11 reported on one such violation in June 2017 involving the use of county letterhead for a political endorsement.
Antinoro faced up to $10,000 in fines in this case.