CASPER — The Natrona County District’s Attorney’s Office has charged 60-year-old Monty Montoya with nine counts of sexual abuse of a minor.
Of the nine, five are first-degree counts and four are second-degree. Each first-degree charge could carry up to 50 years in prison. Each second-degree charge could carry 20 years.
Details of sexual-abuse cases are generally not made public until the case is advanced to District Court.
Montoya made his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon. He was barely audible to the gallery as he answered Judge Michael Patchen’s procedural questions.
The defendant told the judge he had filled out a form to receive a public defender. Patchen said he typically would rule that Montoya made too much money to qualify for public assistance, but allowed it in this case, due to the severity of the charges.
The state recommended a $100,000 bond. When asked his thoughts on the amount, Montoya replied, “It’s high.”
Patchen agreed with this assessment but said the amount was fitting for the alleged crimes. He set the bond at $100,000, cash or surety.