GENEVA — The city police officer accused of choking a woman earlier this year has a new attorney. As a result, his next court appearance won't be until the week of Thanksgiving.

Jon Getz, the lawyer now representing Jack Montesanto, asked for a pre-plea investigation during a brief proceeding Monday in City Court. Judge Jackie Sisson Sherry scheduled the next appearance for Nov. 25.

Montesanto faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal obstruction of breathing for an incident that allegedly occurred in July at the Public Safety Building. He is accused of choking a city resident who was being booked on two violations.

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

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