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July 10, 2010

Another delay in Ortloff sentencing

PLATTSBURGH — Former high-profile politician Chris Ortloff will remain in a downstate jail's general population as he awaits sentencing, which has once again been delayed.

The 61-year-old Plattsburgh man, who tried to arrange sex with young girls, was set to face the judge next week.

But U.S. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Spina said the proceeding has been pushed back until 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10 in Albany.

This delay, as with the others, was granted to allow the defense more time to address issues with the pre-sentencing report, which has an impact on the terms and length of sentencing.

Ortloff faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.

He will get credit for time served in Columbia County Jail when he is moved into a federal facility after sentencing.

The former state assemblyman and well-known TV anchorman surrendered to authorities last April after previously pleading guilty to the original charge against him: online enticement of a minor.

He was arrested in late 2008 during a police sting that caught him trying to arrange sex with two young girls.

Authorities said he spent months chatting online with an undercover investigator he believed was the mother of two girls, whom he arranged to meet at an Albany-area hotel for a sexual encounter.

He was arrested at the hotel when he arrived for the supposed sexual encounter.

E-mail Andrea VanValkenburg at: avanvalkenburg@pressrepublican.com

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