February 24, 2005

April 25-29 trial set in molestation

Desert Morning News

By Linda Thomson
Deseret Morning News

LAYTON A judge has set a trial date for Aaron Marcos Montoya, who is accused of molesting young girls at his home and church, but will not let Montoya out of jail until the court learns more about how Montoya would be monitored.
Second District Judge Thomas Kay set April 25-29 for Montoya's trial on 10 counts of first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
But Kay continued a Tuesday bail hearing until Feb. 25 to learn more about the type of electronic monitoring Montoya would be under if he were allowed to leave the jail and be kept in home confinement in an apartment in Salt Lake County.
The judge also expressed concern about the fact that Montoya's wife works for Delta Air Lines and Montoya could pose a flight risk. In addition, the judge wanted to know how Montoya would be transported to court in Davis County if he receives home confinement and how any contact with minors would be supervised.
Montoya, 33, is a former Salt Lake County sheriff's officer who recently was fired. He is being held in the Davis County Jail on $500,000 bail, but is seeking to be released to home confinement on $100,000 bail.
He is charged with molesting nine girls ranging in age from 3 to 11. Prosecutors allege Montoya molested the girls in his home and in a Primary class in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where Montoya taught.

Posted by kshaw at February 24, 2005 07:45 AM