A former Mineral County Sheriff’s deputy was booked into neighboring Lyon County jail after allegedly violating temporary protection orders which were issued against him.

Saverio “Sammy” Scarlata, age 34, of Hawthorne was arrested on a traffic stop conducted by Mineral County Sheriff’s Office deputies after an attempt to locate had been issued according to Mineral County Sheriff Stewart Handte.

In a press release, Handte states, “Mr. Scarlata was taken into custody without incident. Due to the fact that he is a former law enforcement officer, I felt it in the best interest of his safety, and the safety of inmates at my detention facility, that he be booked on a courtesy hold at the Lyon County Sheriff’s Detention facility on the charges.”

After serving his mandatory 12 hour hold, Scarlata was bonded out. Two current Mineral County Sheriff’s Office employees are also on administrative leave with pay.

Handte’s release continues on to say, “Additionally as a result of the events leading up to this incident, I have had to place two other Mineral County Sheriff’s Department employees on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of internal affair investigations.” Handte would not comment further, only stating that it involves personnel matters that cannot be discussed.
Scarlata was contacted, but chose at this time to not comment.