January 28, 2005

Ex-seminary student convicted in sex case

BRIDGEPORT (CT)
Connecticut Post

By DANIEL TEPFER dtepfer@ctpost.com

BRIDGEPORT A former seminary student was convicted Thursday of molesting a 16-year-old girl.

Leonardo Montoya, 30, showed no emotion as the six-person Superior Court jury found him guilty of fourth-degree sexual assault following 90 minutes of deliberations.

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 by Judge Heidi Winslow.

Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Esposito said the jury arrived at the appropriate verdict.

"I admire the young woman for her bravery," Esposito said. "This is not something that she should have gone through or wanted to relive, but she did and I hope she can get on with her life."

Posted by kshaw at January 28, 2005 09:04 AM