A Batavia man on parole after serving a state prison term for assaulting a pregnant woman in Auburn now faces felony drug charges after an investigation into a traffic stop Feb. 12, Genesee County sheriff’s deputies said.
Jerry T. Saddler Jr., 45, of State Street was a passenger in a car stopped at 2:12 a.m. on East Ave. Deputy James Stack and K9 Razor discovered what appeared to be drugs in the car and Saddler and the driver, Garlyn M. Gause, 42, of Rochester were taken into custody.
Gause was charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlicensed operation, insufficient turn signal and open container. He was released to appear at a later date in City Court.
Saddler faces more serious charges. He was charged with felony fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession, tampering with physical evidence and obstruction of governmental administration.
Deputies said Saddler tried to conceal the drugs while at Genesee County Jail, where he was committed without bail.
Saddler is on post-release supervision until Feb. 23, 2024. He was sentenced in 2015 in Cayuga County Court to 30 months to four years in prison for second-degree assault, aggravated family offense and two counts of felony criminal contempt of court for beating a pregnant woman who had an order of protection against him.
After his release on parole, he violated parole and was returned to prison in March 2020 and released July 8
Saddler served three other prison terms: For an assault conviction in Genesee County in 2002; a grand larceny conviction in Genesee in 1997; and a drug-dealing conviction in Genesee in 1994.