November 23, 2014


County worker faces sex charge



ELYRIA — A longtime deputy clerk of courts has been indicted on sex charges stemming from accusations he had sexual relations with an underage girl as far back as 1983.

William Tyrone Montgomery, 51, will remain on the job as an information technology employee in Lorain County Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski’s title office while his case makes it way through the legal system, Nabakowski said.

Nabakowski said although most of Montgomery’s job involves working with computer systems, he sometimes interacts with the public by helping customers at the Elyria title office.

“These things are complicated, and in America you’re innocent until proven guilty,” Nabakowski said.

Assistant County Prosecutor Dave Muhek said Montgomery allegedly began engaging in sexual conduct with the 7- or 8-year-old victim in August 1983 and continued to do so through 1993.

He said the victim, who turned 18 in 1993, filed a report about the alleged sexual abuse with Elyria police within the last year and that touched off the investigation. Muhek said Montgomery was an acquaintance of the victim’s family.

Muhek said the 20-year statute of limitations on sex charges begins when the victim turns 18, which means Montgomery can still be prosecuted.

Montgomery was booked into the Lorain County Jail on the charge Friday but has since been released, according to court and jail records.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147

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  • Melissa Merrill Snyder

    That poor, poor child. I hope the victim is seeking help to deal with the effects of the abuse. If you are reading this, my prayers are with you.

    • Larry Crnobrnja

      I don’t have a dog in this fight other than to say “innocent until proven guilty.” Are you familiar with the name Tawana Brawley”

      • Melissa Merrill Snyder

        I’m not seeing how your comment fits in with mine. All I’m saying is if the child (now adult) says there was abuse, they need help dealing with it.

        • Larry Crnobrnja

          “I hope the victim is seeking help to deal with the effects of the abuse.” – Melissa Merrill Snyder

          You’ve made a leap. It’s pretty darn obvious.

          • Melissa Merrill Snyder

            I could have worded that better. If it happened, they need help to deal. If it didn’t happen and they’re saying it did, they need help because something is wrong inside. That’s what I was really trying to say.

            Sorry for my wording. I hate to see kids hurting.

          • brenda

            Honey you said what was on your heart. And he admitted it so he’s quilty as the day is long. And I also pray that she seeks the help that she needs, because apparently it’s still bothering her.

  • Phil Blank

    Anyone else and we would have been under arrest or at least suspended from work.

    • agent5959

      He was placed under arrest. It’s the very last line of the article. Like anyone else, he was booked and ROR’d pending trial. Until he’s found guilty, there’s no reason to deny his source of income.

      We can’t just make people starving and homeless on a hunch. We have to investigate and prosecute fairly.

      • hottamomma

        that is true and im glad the let him keep his job until they figure it out. they should do that in a lot of other cases also. i have seen so many cases where someone allegedly did something and they were suspened from their job without pay, and i thought that was so wrong if the law is innocent till proven guilty.

      • Anonymous

        Why not? Nabakowski did it to other employees without batting an eye. People who did not have a blemish on their personnel file. He made a decision to fire another employee before the conclusion of her non-violent, non-sexual crime. Nabakowski is an idiot. Numerous complaints were made about Montgomery by other employees, and he never did anything.

    • Spec440

      My favorite part of any story dealing with a suspect is the “If it had been anyone else……” comments. Could be a mailman, a teacher, a gas station clerk….doesn’t matter. Anyone else would have been executed on the spot.

  • Logdog39

    Will this take him out of the running for “employee of the year” ?

  • Traci Anne Wolford

    I, too believe in innocently until proven guilty. But it amazes me how some of the same ones who cry that when it comes to a city or county official/worker who ALREADY get treated like they’re above the law will make comments wanting to throw the proverbial book at one of the “little guys.” I love hypocrisy. :)

    • Bob Owens

      Get your own city or county job then.

  • Zen Grouch

    This is gonna be really messy… and difficult to prove one way or the other.

  • Carrie Watson

    This poor girl:-( When I saw “underage”, I was appalled, but when I saw how young she actually was, I was just disgusted. What possesses grown adults to have sex with 7 and 8 year old girls? I wish I could answer that. I’ve heard that there are a combination of reasons: they were abused themselves, it’s about power (not sex), or they have self-esteem issues. I don’t know. I’m glad the statute of limitations didn’t run out, though. He needs to be punished for this if he in fact did this.

  • GreatRedeemer

    As an IT employee, he has access to what ?

  • oldruss

    “William Tyrone Montgomery, 51, will remain on the job as an information technology employee in Lorain County Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski’s title office”

    Isn’t that just special. If this person was not a public employee getting his wages and benefits paid for by us taxpayers, he’d have already been let go by his private employer.

    Remember the standard for a criminal conviction, beyond a reasonable doubt. Sometimes those who are found not guilty in a criminal trial, nonetheless, did do the crime, and the prosecution was unable to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Many people, like the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons of this world, for example, are ranting and raving, demonstrating in the streets, even rioting in some instances, claiming that George Zimmerman, who was found not guilt by a unanimous jury verdict, nonetheless “murdered” Treyvon Martin.

    Get this guy off the public payroll. If he is eventually found not guilty, and is not otherwise found liable in a civil suit brought by the victim ( remember the O.J. Simpson fiasco), then Ron Nabakowski can reimburse him for his lost wages.

  • M Chaney

    From the first sentence…”Accusations that he had sexual relations with an underage girl…” when will people stop using this inane, mild language to describe the behavior of predators on the young and defenseless??? What in gods name is “relational” about RAPE and ASSAULT?? It takes consensual ADULTS to have “sexual relations” — not an adult preying on a 7 year old little girl!!! People who write for newspapers should have to take a course on how to report the truth/facts while using plain & appropriate language!

  • Rori

    I know the child. It has been a tough 20 years for her. God bless her strength and fortitude.

  • Starryeyes63

    And now hey keep his job WTF?

  • ZX3

    Sort of like a parish priest.
    It’s been years but he’s OK now, right?