It takes years of dedication, sacrifice, and persistence to achieve your dream life, and once you have it, the challenge is making it last.
For decades, one Wyoming man has dedicated his life to becoming a leader of his wholesome community. However, when the secrets of his scandalous double life threatened to destroy everything he worked so long for, he couldn’t sit back and let it just happen…
The 911 Call
While 911 dispatchers spent their days answering countless emergency calls about any number of emergencies, tragedies, and disturbances, 1 dispatcher from Wyoming County in Upstate New York received a call on March 7, 2018, that left him speechless.
A Familiar Voice
When the call came in that Wednesday evening at 5:42 p.m., the dispatcher expected it to be like all the other 911 calls. However, when the 911 operator answered the phone, they were shocked to realize that they recognized the voice on the other end of the line…
Blindsided By The Caller
After hearing the man making the 911 call say that someone had been shot and that he needed the police to come to his home, the dispatcher realized the voice belonged to 60-year-old Joseph Mlyniec, someone he never expected to get an emergency call from.
A Staple In The Community
Joseph was a staple in the community. As a child, he was raised in Wyoming County on a local dairy farm that his father ran. When he grew up, he dedicated his life to his home and the community when he became a police officer with the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office….
Decades Of Service
For more than 2 decades, Joseph worked as a patrol deputy for the sheriff’s office. As a result of his dedication to his community, he was eventually promoted to sergeant. But his service to his home didn’t stop there. In his free time, Joseph was a volunteer firefighter at the local fire department.
Time For Retirement
After years working to protect the community, Joseph stepped down as a sergeant and retired from the force in 2008. However, retirement couldn’t keep Joseph away from doing what he loved. Not long after leaving the force, Joseph returned to work part-time at the sheriff’s office for a few more years…
A Respected Leader
When it was time to end the part-time work with the department, Joseph decided to serve on the town board in 2014. After a lifetime of service to the people of Wyoming County, Joseph, also a member of the rotary club, was a highly esteemed leader of the community.
A Shocking Admission
So when the 911 operator heard his familiar voice on the line, it came as a huge shock when Joseph said that he was the 1 who shot the victim. When the dispatcher asked if Joseph was sure the man was dead, he calmly replied, “Yup, Shot him in the head…”
Officers arrived at Joseph’s property, which is the dairy farm he grew up on, shortly after the unexpected 911 call was made. After pulling into the driveway, the officers found Joseph kneeling on the ground with his hands behind his head. Several feet behind him was the victim’s body just as he described to the 911 operator.
The body belonged to 32-year-old Robert Irvine III, who was a mechanic that lived nearby. According to his girlfriend, Robert and Joseph had been friends. She explained that Robert would often spend time on Joseph’s farm since Joseph would let him work on his car on the property…
Out Of Character
So when Joseph allegedly shot Robert 4 times with his .45-caliber handgun, the police couldn’t understand what the upstanding citizen’s motive was. “It’s way, way out of character for Joe,” Perry Town Supervisor James Brick said.
The Investigation Begins
“It’s just a shock to most everybody in town here. He was well-respected in town,” Brick added. However, once Joseph was in custody, the investigation revealed Joseph had been living a double life for years, and that the connection between Robert and the 60-year-old wasn’t as friendly as people had believed…
Uncovering A Double Life
According to the Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office, Joseph maintained the persona of an upstanding citizen and a married family man. But in reality, Joseph had been leading a dark double life, which he had carefully hid from everyone for years.
The Sexual Predator
“On one hand he was portrayed as a heterosexual married man,” the district attorney’s office said in their motion. But in reality, he was a sexual predator. “Joseph Mlyniec would lure troubled young men to his farm, then groom them for sexual favors and in return provide them money, food, or both…”
Allegations Of Abuse
For years, Mlyniec managed to hide his scandalous secrets and maintain his squeaky-clean persona. However, in October 2017, an allegation of sexual abuse against the ex-deputy was made. According to the accuser, the abuse had been going on from 2003 to 2010.
The Accuser Recants
Police investigated the accusations, and as part of the investigation, they interviewed Mlyniec about what he was being accused of. After the investigation was complete, there wasn’t enough evidence to arrest and charge Mlyniec, and the accuser recanted his statement…
Mlyniec managed to keep his good name, but he knew it wouldn’t be long until the same person or another victim came forward with proof of his double life, and he was right. On March 6, 2018, Robert told Mlyniec to turn himself in or kill himself. If not, he would go to the police.
The Boiling Point
Mlyniec wasn’t going to sit by and let his good name and everything he worked for get destroyed. That very next day, he shot Robert in the head, neck, chest and leg. “Do you know what this is about?” Mlyniec allegedly said to a deputy when he was being arrested. “Someone accused me of sex abuse and turned me in, and he is a part of it — whatever. I don’t care anymore. My life is done…”
Police charged Mlyniec with second-degree murder, but that wasn’t his only crime. “The investigation has also revealed that the victim, in this case, was a potential witness in a sex abuse investigation involving Joseph Mlyniec and many other men during the past many years,” the district attorney’s office said.
As a result, Mlyniec was also charged with first-degree intimidating a victim or witness. So far, the 60-year-old has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He is currently being held without bond at the Wyoming County Jail. “It is not a whodunit case,” Mlyniec’s attorney, Norman P. Effman, said. “It’s not going to be a trial as to whether Joe was the individual involved. The issue is the second count of the indictment and how that affected him. There are lots of issues of intent or lack of intent and levels of culpability that could impact this.”