LIVONIA - A Livonia man is facing felony criminal contempt after allegedly violating a stay away order of protection less than seven hours after being released from Livingston County Jail, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Russell H. Maurer, 64, was charged Sept. 4 with two counts of first-degree criminal contempt. The charges are felonies as Maurer has previous criminal contempt convictions.

Maurer has two court-issued orders of protection in place against him ordering him to stay away from the protect party. One order is from Town of Livonia Court, the other from Livingston County Court. It is alleged that at about 8 p.m. Sept. 2, Maurer went to the residence of a protected party, which violated the provisions of the court orders, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Maurer had been previously held at Livingston County Jail until Sept. 2, when he was able to post bail and was released about 1:30 p.m. He is alleged to have then violated the stay away order of protection less than seven hours after his release, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Maurer was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention as the offenses did qualify for pre-arraignment detention under the state Justice Reform Act. The District Attorney’s Office requested Maurer be held on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond due to the felony-level charges.

Maurer was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment part at Livingston County jail before Town of Nunda Justice Emily Stoufer, who remanded Maurer to the custody of the Sheriff on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

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