January 28, 2005

Seminarian guilty in molestation case


January 28, 2005

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A Superior Court jury has convicted a former seminary student of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Leonardo Montoya, 30, was found guilty of fourth-degree sexual assault following 90 minutes of deliberations Thursday.

Montoya, dismissed from the seminary by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport just before his arrest, faces up to a year in prison when he is sentenced March 31.

Montoya, formerly assigned to St. Augustine Cathedral and churches in Trumbull and Norwalk, is accused of molesting the girl while he was visiting her Bridgeport home on Nov. 30, 2003.

The girl's family met Montoya while he was working at St. Augustine and befriended him after he helped them with arrangements for a baptism.

Posted by kshaw at January 28, 2005 09:00 AM