July 28, 2014

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Court employee pleads guilty to sex charge

Attorney Jack Bradley, left, defends William Tyrone Montgomery, who pleaded in a child molestation case. BRAD DICKEN/CHRONICLE

Attorney Jack Bradley, left, defends William Tyrone Montgomery, who pleaded in a child molestation case. BRAD DICKEN/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A deputy clerk of courts pleaded guilty Monday to gross sexual imposition for molesting an underage girl beginning when she was 8 in 1983.

Additional rape and sexual battery charges against William Tyrone Montgomery, 52, were dropped as part of the plea deal.

Montgomery could receive prison when he is sentenced later this year, although Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski didn’t indicate the penalty he would ultimately hand down. The judge did say that Montgomery will have to register as a sexually-oriented offender for 10 years.

County Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski was in Betleski’s courtroom for part of the hearing and said afterward that he has not yet made a decision on whether Montgomery will continue to work in his office. Montgomery mostly works on computer systems in the clerk’s office and has only limited interaction with the public.

According to court documents detailing the allegations against Montgomery, he began having sexual relations with the girl while he was babysitting her in her family’s Lorain home. He also had her perform oral sex on him while he was driving and she was a passenger in his vehicle.

The sexual molestation continued for years, according to court documents, with Montgomery sodomizing the girl and continuing to engage in oral sex with her even after her family moved to Elyria.

The victim, now an adult, contacted Elyria police years after the sexual abuse stopped, which led to the investigation that resulted in Montgomery being charged.

Earlier in the case, Jack Bradley, Montgomery’s defense attorney, had asked Betleski to throw out the charges against his client, arguing that the statute of limitations had expired.

Under state law, charges can be brought against those accused of molesting underage children for 20 years after the person reaches the “age of majority.”

Bradley had suggested that the victim reached that age when she turned 16, but Assistant County Prosecutor Chris Pierre had countered that the children become adults when they turn 18, which the girl did in August 1993.

Montgomery was indicted just weeks before the statute of limitations would have expired last year.

Bradley declined to comment after Monday’s hearing.

  • LookBackTwo

    The absolute maximum sentence is called for here. This man is a predator and as such should be sent to jail for as long as possible.

    • Petah

      So there is proof other than the word of someone?

      • Patty Anne

        The fact that perpetrator pled GUILTY is enough for me.

        “A deputy clerk of courts pleaded guilty Monday to gross sexual
        imposition for molesting an underage girl beginning when she was 8 in
        1983″

  • Sis Delish

    “County Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski was in Betleski’s courtroom for part of the hearing and said afterward that he has not yet made a decision on whether Montgomery will continue to work in his office.”… hmmm…

    • oldruss

      That speaks volumes, whether Nabakowski realizes it of not. What sort of game is he playing? This guy, or this guy’s family, must be kicking in heavily to the Democrat Party campaign fund.

  • golfingirl

    Take his p**nis, since he obviously has lost the right to own it any longer.

    Just cut it right off!!

    • Phil Blank

      That doesn’t work dummy!
      He would still have fingers, toes, and a tongue!

  • stargazer2012

    How many other little girls has he molested that haven’t come forward?! How many more lives has he destroyed?! This man is a pedophile a sexual predator and needs to be removed from society!!

    • MayorMcCheese

      How many are you hoping for?

  • bigmacky

    how long has he been employed by the court system? I say – his ENTIRE pension should be awarded to the victim – good luck living on dirt you maggot

  • Patty Anne

    County Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski “has not yet made a decision on whether Montgomery will continue to work in his office”? Seriously? I’d think that would be a no-brainer for anyone, much less someone employed by our Courts.

    Someone employed by a Government, who’s salary is paid for with Taxpayer dollars, should have some sort of morality clause to maintain employment with Lorain County IMO.

    I’ll be watching this one closely…

  • Jimbo smith

    Wonder what Bradley would have pled for if it was his daughter.

  • JoyceEarly

    “County Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski was in Betleski’s courtroom for part of the hearing and said afterward that he has not yet made a decision on whether Montgomery will continue to work in his office.” Seriously?

  • 2muchgovernment

    Hey, there may be a $39,000 a year job up for grabs!

    • bdid.d

      Hey, probably not! Did you read the Lorain county employee part?

      • 2muchgovernment

        Hey, did you read the “may be” part in my comment?! So what he is an employee now. He may not be after he is sentenced. And even then, if he is still an employee, it may not be in his current position & possibly be replaced. Hence, his $39,000 job may be up for grabs.

        • bdid.d

          I also said probably….

  • GreatRedeemer

    First the man is a fiend ! Disgsuting

    Why does it seem the courts in Lorain county are littered
    with people convicted of crimes, including theft, morality, dui, contempt for
    not paying fines.

  • Daniel Sutter

    Slap on the wrist? Isn’t this statutory RAPE???? 8 year old? May keep his job?? Sounds like alot of people should loose their job.

    LORAIN COUNTY, lets vote our idiots out of office (all levels), but lets start with this friend of child molesters “Judge Mark Betleski”

  • bROWNS77

    This sicko, we got people in the evidence room stealing guns and whatever, we have a lady at the clerks office stealing money and up on drug charges, the auditor is driving drunk, prosecutors fighting with judges, mayors with a lawyer scam, and they want more tax money, lmao. Sounds like what it smells like!

  • LugNutt

    Jack Bradley… enough said!

  • DonMega

    He had a rough life and his daddy left him when he was a kid now he’s a chester.

    • bdid.d

      Or he is “insane” and has been hearing “voices” for quite some time… smh…Funny, these voices never push people to do good things!

  • Abbie

    “The judge did say that Montgomery will have to register as a sexually-oriented offender for 10 years.” After 10 years he will no longer be a sexually-oriented offender?

    How about if they include where this man LIVES, as he awaits being “sentenced later this year.”

    Bradley does not sound well-versed in all things ‘law’ but was hoping the court and the Assistant County Prosecutor was not knowledgeable.

  • Wally Berlingeri

    There IS NO statue of limitations on the damage & life long affects on the victims & their lives from sexual abusers like him. SO there SHOULD NOT be a statue of limitations on bringing these perverts to justice. NUFF SAID!!!