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GENEVA — The Geneva police officer accused of choking a woman last month will be back in court in two weeks.

During a brief appearance Monday morning in city court, Jack Montesanto was formally arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of criminal obstruction of breathing. Judge Tim Buckley told Montesanto and his attorney, Laura Vanderbrook, to be back in court Aug. 19 for more proceedings in the case.

Montesanto, 40, was arrested last Wednesday following an investigation by the Ontario County Sheriff's Office into an alleged incident on July 23.

Just after midnight on that day, Montesanto and at least one other Geneva PD officer responded to a Main Street apartment building for a noise complaint against the woman, who was charged with a noise violation and disorderly conduct, also a violation. The woman was taken to the public safety building for booking.

According to the criminal complaint against Montesanto, which was produced by the sheriff's office, Montesanto is accused of choking the woman while she was being booked, causing her to lose consciousness temporarily. Geneva Police Chief Mike Passalacqua said the woman did not seek medical attention at the time.

Passalacqua said he learned of the alleged incident two days later and suspended Montesanto with pay following an internal investigation. He asked the sheriff's office to do the criminal investigation.

Following his arrest last week, Montesanto was arraigned at the county jail and pleaded not guilty. He was released on his own recognizance.

Vanderbrook continued the not-guilty plea on Montesanto's behalf Monday. Ontario County First Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride will be prosecuting the case.