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Geneva cop accused of choking woman will head to trial in September

The trial of a Geneva city police officer accused of choking a woman has been scheduled for September.

It’s been more than two years since Jack Montesanto was arrested, but officials expect a trial to get underway on September 20.

Jury selection in Geneva City Court will take place shortly before. He faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal obstruction of breathing after an incident in July 2019 where he responded to a noise complaint.


The woman who was charged with a noise complaint- as well as one count of disorderly conduct- was taken to the Public Safety Building, where he allegedly choked her.

Geneva Police Chief Mike Passalacqua learned about the incident and suspended him. Around a month later Montesano was charged.

He rejected a plea offer, which would have required him to plead guilty with three years of probation and no jail time.



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