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Geneva Police officer accused of using 'unnecessary force' on woman during arrest

July 31, 2019 11:39 PM

GENEVA, N.Y. (WHEC) -- A Geneva Police officer is facing a misdemeanor charge after being accused of using 'unnecessary force' during the arrest of a woman last week. 

The Ontario County Sheriff's Office, who took over the investigation, found enough evidence to charge Jack Montesanto with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. 

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News10NBC learned Montesanto was answering a call last Tuesday at a house on South Main Street in Geneva for loud music when an interaction with a woman who lives there went south. The woman was arrested for loud music and disorderly conduct.

Geneva Police Chief Mike Passalacqua told reporters Wednesday that Montesanto is a 10-year veteran and is suspended with pay.

However, if he is found guilty, he could lose his job as a police officer. 

News10NBC spoke with the woman involved but she refused to talk to us on camera. She says her head was slammed against her mailbox and that her dress fell open and she was not given an opportunity to fix it.

News10NBC was told the incident was captured on the officer's body-worn camera.

"When misconduct takes place, the worst thing you can do is hide behind it or not report it," said Chief Passalacqua. "My message: to have too much of a moral compass. I told the people, and the men, and women of this department they will be held accountable under my leadership."

Montesanto was arraigned in Hopewell around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

An internal investigation, as well as a criminal investigation carried out by the Ontario County Sheriff's Office, is still underway. 

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