January 24, 2005

Molestation case testimony to begin

Connecticut Post

By DANIEL TEPFER dtepfer@ctpost.com


Testimony is scheduled to begin this morning in the Superior Court trial of a former seminary student in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport arrested for allegedly molesting a 16-year-old city girl.

Leonardo Montoya, 30, now living in Monroe, will be tried before a six-person jury on a charge of fourth-degree sexual assault.

The trial, presided over by Judge Heidi Winslow, is expected to last about two weeks.

Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Esposito, who is prosecuting the case, declined comment. Montoya is represented by Leonard Crone Jr.

Montoya, formerly assigned to St. Augustine's Cathedral here as well as churches in Trumbull and Norwalk, is accused of molesting the girl, whose family he met through the church, while visiting their Bridgeport home on Nov. 30, 2003.

Posted by kshaw at January 24, 2005 07:31 AM