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Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff
Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff

Former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff receives 12 year sentence after child sex plea

Former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff will spend the next twelve and a half years in Federal prison, following his sentencing yesterday in an Albany courtroom.

Once one of the most powerful Republican lawmakers in the North Country, Ortloff was arrested in 2008 after arranging what he believed was a sexual encounter with two pre-teen girls.

Before handing down the sentence, US district court Judge Thomas McAvoy told Ortloff that his crimes were "unbelievable" and "scary."

Brian Mann was in the courtroom yesterday afternoon and has our story.  Go to full article
Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff
Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff

Ortloff sentencing tomorrow

After months of delay, former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow on charges that he attempted to have sex with two underage girls.

Ortloff was arrested in 2008 and has been behind bars since April of last year.

Federal prosecutors say he has been cooperating with police, who are pursuing other sexual predators.

Ortloff's efforts are expected to win him a reduced sentence.

But as Brian Mann reports the disgraced lawmaker still faces at least a decade behind bars.  Go to full article

Ortloff to receive pension while in prison

The attorney for disgraced former State Assemblyman Chris Ortloff says his client is remorseful and wants to get on with his life after admitting that he used the Internet to try to lure minors into having sex. Meanwhile, Ortloff will reportedly be able to receive his state pension, even while he's in prison. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff
Former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff

Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff pleads guilty to child sex charges

A man who was once a giant in North Country politics pleaded guilty on Wednesday in federal court following a child-sex scandal that shocked the region. Former state Assemblyman Chris Ortloff pleaded guilty to a single count of online enticement of minors. The 61-year-old divided his time between Plattsburgh and Lake Placid after leaving the legislature in 2006. He was arrested in October 2008 following a sex-crime sting and subsequently resigned his appointed position with the state Parole Board.

State police say that Ortloff negotiated with a undercover officer whom he believed to be the mother of two girls, ages 11 and 12. Ortloff was arrested in an Colonie hotel room, after arranging to meet the children for a sexual liaison. According to a report in the Albany Times Union, Ortloff's plea could help him win a reduced sentence. Ortloff now faces between ten years and life in a state prison.

Details of the crime sent shock waves through the community and through the Republican Party. Ortloff represented the North Country's 110th Assembly District from 1986 until 2006. When Ortloff was arrested, he was equipped with sexual aids, including condoms and vibrators. He has been housed in a jail in Washington County. His sentencing appearance is scheduled for April 23. According to the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, Ortloff has been released into home confinement until his sentencing.  Go to full article
Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff
Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff

Ortloff allegations cast light on underground criminal community

Former North Country Assemblyman and state Parole Board member Chris Ortloff remains behind bars this week. He was arrested earlier this month on charges that he attempted to arrange a sexual encounter with two pre-teen girls. News organizations - including North Country Public Radio -- have declined to report the more graphic details. According to court documents filed by federal prosecutors, Ortloff believed that he was part of an underground network of families who offer their own children for sexual abuse. He allegedly met with an undercover officer who was posing as the guardian of two pre-teen girls. "I have known people who successfully maintained this lifestyle for several generations," Ortloff said, according to a transcript contained in federal documents. Brian Mann spoke about the allegations with David Finkelhor, who heads the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. Finkelhor says criminal child-sex rings involving parents do exist and are being targeted by law enforcement.

NOTE: North Country has attempted over the last two weeks to speak with Chris Ortloff's attorney, Andrew Safranko. Safranko hasn't respond to repeated messages.  Go to full article

BREAKING: Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff arrested in Albany

Two news organizations are reporting this morning that former North Country Assemblyman Chris Ortloff has been arrested in Albany and faces a probe by Federal prosecutors. WPTZ Channel 5, a television news station, cited information from Assistant US Attorney Thomas Spina. Spina said that Ortloff was being held in Albany County Jail and will appear in Federal Court today. He wouldn't disclose the charges. According to WPTZ, New York state police searched Ortloff's home in Plattsburgh last night. The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is also reporting this morning that investigators visited a business in Lake Placid and apparently seized a computer. Neither news organization was able to cite a reason for Ortloff's arrest, or for the Federal probe.

Ortloff began his career in the North Country as a broadcaster and master of ceremonies for the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. He later served as a Republican Assemblyman from Plattsburgh for twenty years and chaired the Clinton County GOP. Ortloff ran briefly for state Senate and narrowly won re-election in 2004, before stepping aside in 2006. Before leaving office, Governor George Pataki appointed Ortloff to a paid position on the State Board of Parole, a term that expires in 2012. NCPR will have more on this story as information becomes available.  Go to full article
Former Assemblymember Chris Ortloff
Former Assemblymember Chris Ortloff

UPDATE: Ortloff faces likely Federal child-sex charges

News organizations are reporting this morning that former North Country Assemblyman Chris Ortloff has been arrested in a Plattsburgh hotel room on charges that he solicited underage sex. WPTZ cited information from Assistant US Attorney Thomas Spina, who said that Ortloff was being held in Albany County jail and will appear in Federal Court today.

According to the New York Post, Ortloff, age 61, was arrested following a sting at five p.m. on Monday. The paper reported that Ortloff allegedly tried to arrange a date on the internet with "an underaged victim." Officials told the Post that Ortloff had child porn and "sex paraphernalia" in his possession at the time of his arrest.

Ortloff, a Lake Placid native, is married with two sons. He served in the Assembly for twenty years, including a stint as the assistant minority leader. He was also chairman of the Republican Party in Clinton County. Ortloff began his career as a broadcaster and served as master of ceremonies for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. He currently serves on the state Board of Parole, a paid position that draws a salary of $102,000. He was appointed by former Governor George Pataki in 2006. His term expires in 2012. Attempts to reach Ortloff have been unsuccessful.  Go to full article

Republican Dominance Fading in North Country?

Over the weekend, Marc Humbert, a veteran political writer with the Associated Press, reported that Democrats are poised to sweep every statewide office in New York state. The November election is still six months away, and a lot can change in half a year. But in the governor's race Eliot Spitzer holds a commanding 50-point lead over Republican candidates William Weld and John Faso. In the U.S. Senate race, Hillary Clinton leads all challengers by 2-to-1 margins. Veteran Republican pollster Frank Luntz predicted that Clinton will win re-election by "a landslide." It's a dramatic reversal for Republicans, who swept to power in New York state in 1994. The shifting political climate is being felt here in the North Country, as well. Democrats have won key elections from Plattsburgh to Saranac Lake to the St. Lawrence Valley. Brian Mann spoke with veteran Republican Assemblyman Chris Ortloff, who announced last week that he'll step down after twenty years in office. Ortloff says his decision is part of a larger pattern.

NOTE: Ortloff says he'll leave office as early as June. If confirmed by the State Senate, he'll take a six-year appointment with New York's state parole board.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff Resigns
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff Resigns

Assemblyman Chris Ortloff Resigns, Will Take State Appointment

In a stunning decision, Assemblyman Chris Ortloff has dropped out of the Republican Primary for the 114th Assembly district. The 20-year veteran will take a position with the state Parole Board. As Brian Mann reports, the move reflects a political shake-up in the region.  Go to full article

Analysis: The Political Fallout

Chris Ortloff's decision comes in a context of ongoing change in the political landscape of the North Country. Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about the implications.  Go to full article

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