Van Bortel pleads guilty to misdemeanor, gets weekend jail time

Nathan Van Bortel pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted criminal possession of computer-related material, a class A misdemeanor. Ontario County Court Judge Brian Dennis sentenced Van Bortel to a conditional discharge and eight weekends in jail, to begin the first weekend in January.

The plea ends a case that began back in March when Van Bortel was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class A misdemeanor. The charge came after Van Bortel left his job in February as a financial planner for Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Co. He pleaded not guilty and though Van Bortel’s attorney at the time, Robert Zimmerman, sought to have the charge dismissed, the Ontario County district attorney’s office called for a grand jury to decide.

In September, Van Bortel pleaded not guilty to a grand jury indictment of three felony counts alleging he illegally duplicated and stole computer-related bank materials. He was accused of first-degree unlawful duplication of computer-related material; criminal possession of computer-related material; and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

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