Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff to be released from prison Friday

PLATTSBURGH — Former North Country politician Chris Ortloff is getting out of prison Friday according to a Federal Bureau of Prisons online inmate database.

Ortloff, full name George Christian Ortloff, 72, was sentenced to 12 and-a-half years in federal prison back in August of 2010 for charges related to him attempting to set up a sexual encounter with 11- and 12-year-old girls in 2008.

He is currently serving time in Federal Correctional Institution Danbury, a low-security federal prison in Danbury, Conn.

The “girls” were actually fictitious, made up by investigators involved in a sting operation that culminated in Ortloff’s 2008 arrest at a motel near Albany where he thought he would be meeting up with the underage individuals.

Ortloff was a Republican state assemblyman from Plattsburgh in the 114th district from 1986 to 2006 before he stepped down and was appointed as a member of the State Board of Parole by then Gov. George Pataki.

He resigned from the parole board following his 2008 arrest.

As conditions of his 2010 sentencing, Ortloff was fined $50,000, will have to register as a sex offender and will be supervised for the rest of his life upon release.

The prison in Danbury would not provide information as to where Ortloff will be heading once he leaves prison.

City of Plattsburgh Police Chief Levi Ritter said his department will be aware if Ortloff returns to Plattsburgh upon his release from prison.

“That’s why they have the sex offender registry,” Ritter said.

“So we can keep a close eye,”

Before his political career, Ortloff, a native of Lake Placid, was an anchorman for WPTZ News Channel 5 and was director of medals ceremonies for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Before that he was a reporter for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.


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