April 21, 2005

Former officer fights venue ruling in molestation case

FARMINGTON (UT)
Deseret Morning News

By Linda Thomson
Deseret Morning News

FARMINGTON The case against a former law enforcement officer charged with molesting young girls might be heading to the Utah Supreme Court to appeal a district judge's refusal to allow a change of venue.
That means a district court trial set for next week will not take place as scheduled.
Aaron Marcos Montoya, 33, was charged with 10 counts of aggravated child sexual abuse after Syracuse police investigated reports that Montoya allegedly molested nine girls in his home, during outings or in his Primary class at church.
The girls range in age from 3 to 11. Soon after the charges were filed, Montoya was fired from his job with the Salt Lake County sheriff's office.
Second District Judge Thomas Kay on Wednesday denied a motion by Montoya's lawyer, Ed Brass, to move the trial to another venue. Brass said he plans to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. If the high court accepts the case, nothing will happen on a district court level until the Supreme Court makes a ruling.

Posted by kshaw at April 21, 2005 05:04 AM