GENEVA — The Geneva police officer accused of choking a woman two weeks ago was arraigned formally in City Court Monday morning.

During a brief appearance, Laura Vanderbrook, the attorney for Jack Montesanto, continued the not-guilty plea entered on Montesanto's behalf last week when he was arraigned at the Ontario County Correctional Facility following his arrest.

Montesanto faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal obstruction of breathing for a July 23 incident at the Public Safety Building. He is accused of choking a woman while she was being booked on two violations, causing her to lose consciousness temporarily.

See Tuesday's Finger Lakes Times for more on this story.

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