Geneva cop facing misdemeanor charge will take case to trial in March

Jury selection will begin on March 16th, with a trail beginning the next day in the case involving Geneva Police Officer Jack Montesanto.

The 40-year-old faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal obstruction of breathing. Last year, he was arrested on the charge following an investigation by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office.

A resident was being booked on a noise violation on July 23rd when Montesanto allegedly choked the woman into unconsciousness.

Montesanto has been on unpaid suspension.

Ontario County First Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride, said the DA’s office is recommending three years of probation, but no jail time, according to the Finger Lakes Times. That if Montesanto pleads guilty.

The Times also reports that MacBride said he was not surprised that Montesanto and his attorney opted to take the case to trial. Montesanto’s attorney says that body camera footage will refute the claims made by the alleged victim.

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