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Ortloff’s sentencing delayed a third time — now to March

November 5, 2009
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

Former state Assemblyman and convicted child sex solicitor Chris Ortloff's sentencing has been delayed another four months.

Ortloff's sentencing has been moved from Monday to 11:30 a.m. on March 8, 2010, in federal court in Albany, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Spina.

"The parties need some additional time to address some sentencing issues," Spina said in a telephone message.

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Chris Ortloff's jail mugshot on the day of his arrest

Spina did not return calls for further comment Thursday afternoon, and Ortloff's lawyer, Andrew Safranko of the O'Connell and Aronowitz firm of Albany and Plattsburgh, was not available.

Ortloff, a former Parole Board member who represented the North Country's 110th Assembly District from 1986 until 2006, pleaded guilty on Christmas Eve 2008 to a federal charge of using the Internet to solicit sex from minors. This is the third delay in his sentencing; he was originally scheduled to be sentenced on April 23, but this was pushed back to Aug. 11, then to Nov. 9.

The state paid Ortloff $101,600 a year for the part-time Parole Board job and will pay him $53,136 a year for the rest of his life, even in prison. This pension is guaranteed by the state Constitution.

Ortloff was held in various New York county jails after his arrest, then freed on a $100,000 personal recognizance bond from the time of his guilty plea until April, when he surrendered to jail again to await sentencing.

The minimum sentence for Ortloff's charges is 10 years' imprisonment with a maximum of life, plus a $250,000 fine. With the time he has spent and will spend in pre-sentencing custody, if he is sentenced to the minimum, he could be released a little less than seven years after his sentencing with good behavior.

Authorities say that, starting in June 2008, Ortloff repeatedly began e-mailing a police investigator whom he believed to be the mother of two preteen sisters, and he arranged to meet them at a Colonie motel for sex on Oct. 13. When state police showed up at the motel to arrest him, he reportedly answered the door naked and had condoms, vibrators, lubricant, a camera and assorted sex toys in the room.

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Contact Nathan Brown at 891-2600 ext. 26 or nbrown@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.

 
 

 

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