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.

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