GPD press conference

Geneva Police Chief Mike Passalacqua (center) talks to the media Wednesday after announcing that one of the department's officers was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing.

GENEVA — A 10-year veteran of the Geneva Police Department is facing a misdemeanor charge for an incident that allegedly occurred during the booking process, Geneva Police Chief Mike Passalacqua announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Jack Montesanto was charged this morning with criminal obstruction of breathing. He is accused of choking a female while she was being booked just after midnight July 23 for allegedly violating the city's noise ordinance. Passalacqua said the woman also was charged with disorderly conduct, a violation.

Montesanto will be arraigned at 5:30 p.m. today at the Ontario County Correctional Facility, and he is set to appear in City Court at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

The arrest was announced during a press conference at the Public Safety Building that included members of the county District Attorney's and sheriff's offices.

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

Recommended for you


(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.