A 60-year-old Casper man was sentenced to as many as
35 years in prison after being convicted of molesting a 6-year-old girl.
Casper Police say Monty Montoya abused the girl on more than one occasion while she and other children were staying with him at his home on McKinley Street. The girl was interviewed by the Children’s Advocacy Project and reportedly said Montoya touched her privates and forced her to touch his. He additionally forced her to give him oral sex, she said.
Police say Montoya eventually confessed. He was initially charged with nine counts of sexual abuse of a minor, but seven were dismissed in accordance with a plea agreement. In August, Montoya pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
The victim’s mother spoke at Montoya’s sentencing Thursday morning and asked that the defendant receive no mercy for what he did. Her daughter was scarred for her life, she said.
Assistant District Attorney Joshua Stensaas asked that Montoya be sentenced to 30 to 35 years for the first count and a concurrent 18 to 20 years for the second count.
Defense attorney Curtis Cheney said his client was remorseful for his actions but was not a man to wear his emotions on his sleeve. Cheney added that Montoya was a productive member of society who made a terrible mistake.
He asked for a sentence of five to 20 years for count two and 25 to 30 years, suspended, for count one.
When it was his opportunity to speak, Montoya said he was ashamed for what he did.
“I just want to apologize to my family for everything,” he said.
District Judge Daniel Forgey settled on a sentence nearly as steep as the prosecution’s recommendation: 28 to 35 years for count one and a concurrent 17 to 20 years for count two. Montoya will receive credit for 218 days of time served.