December 26, 2008

Criminal allegations against two members of the NYS Parole Board

Astounding criminal allegations against two members of the NYS Parole Board:

State Parole Division Chairman George B. Alexander resigned on December 18th amid allegations that he stole a laptop computer from his previous job in Buffalo. Former Parole Board Chairman George B. Alexander is being prosecuted on felony charges by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Until an acting or new chairman is designated, executive director Felix Rosa been asked to manage the day-to-day affairs of the Division.

State Parole Board Commissioner Chris Ortloff resigned from the Parole Board after his arrest on October 13th on federal charges of attempting to solicit sex with minors. Update on December 26th: "Former state Assemblyman George C. ''Chris'' Ortloff pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday morning to a felony charge in connection with his attempt to have sex with what he believed were two sisters, ages 11 and 12. Ortloff, a former member of the state Parole Board, pleaded guilty to a single count of online enticement of minors. The conviction carries a minimum 10-year prison sentence and a maximum of life in prison. By signing the plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Ortloff avoided indictment and accepted responsibility for his crimes. The government, in turn, agreed to recommend a reduced sentence..." (full story...)

See also:
The Ortloff Affidavit: includes the Motion for Pretrial Detention. (, Plattsburgh, New York, October 16 2008.)
Ortloff's release shocks one's conscience: commentary by June Maxam. (North Country Gazette, December 25th 2008.)
Sexual predator Ortloff will get pension: Constitution shields former lawmaker, admitted sex criminal, by Denise A. Raymo. (Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, December 31 2008.)