Geneva Police officer convicted of choking woman, terminated from force

GENEVA, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Geneva Police officer accused of choking a woman was convicted on charges of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation by a jury.

Investigators say Jack Montesanto used unnecessary force back in 2019 when arresting a woman for loud music and disorderly conduct.

His job with the police department has been terminated according to Chief of Police Michael Passalacqua.

Passalacqua released the following statement on the case:

“As the Chief of Police for the City of Geneva, it has always been and will continue to be my expectation that all members of this Police Department hold themselves to the highest professional standard, to uphold the constitutions of the United States and the State of New York, and to perform their job duties within the confines of the policies set forth by the Geneva Police Department.”