September 16, 2014

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Clerk of Courts says no decision on employee’s job until sentencing

William Montgomery

William Montgomery

ELYRIA — Lorain County Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski said Tuesday that he’s unlikely to fire one of his deputy clerks, who pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition charges for molesting an underage girl, if the man is given probation.

William Tyrone Montgomery, 52, is awaiting sentencing in the case before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski. A sentencing date has not been set.

Nabakowski said immediately after Montgomery entered his guilty pleas that he wanted time to evaluate how to handle the situation with his longtime employee.

“It takes a lot to make me fire somebody,” he said Tuesday, noting that throughout his career he has tried to find ways to keep employees with problems on the job.

He said he might have to fire Montgomery if he receives a prison or jail sentence in the case but can’t say how he will deal with the situation until the case is wrapped up.

“I’m not going to do anything until he has his sentencing,” Nabakowski said.

According to court documents filed in the case, Montgomery began sexually abusing the girl, whose family he knew, while babysitting her in 1983, when she was 8 years old. The sexual encounters between them stretched into the 1990s, those same court documents said.

Prosecutors have said they had 20 years after the girl turned 18, which she did in August 1993, to bring charges against Montgomery. He was indicted just weeks before the statute of limitations in the case would have expired in 2013.

Additional charges of rape and sexual battery against Montgomery were dropped earlier this month as part of his plea agreement. He will have to register as a sexually oriented offender for 10 years under the terms of his plea.

Nabakowski’s employee handbook states that felony convictions “shall be grounds for dismissal,” but Assistant County Prosecutor Gerald Innes said that doesn’t mean an employee convicted of a felony must be fired.

Montgomery has remained on the job. Nabakowski said if Montgomery continues to work for him, it will be with the understanding that he cannot get in trouble again. He said he’s never had problems with Montgomery, who mostly works on computer systems and has little interaction with the public.

Nabakowski said despite Montgomery’s guilty plea in the case, Montgomery still disputes some of the allegations leveled against him by prosecutors. He also said although Montgomery’s crimes are in the justice system now, they took place long ago.

“He’s not that man anymore,” he said.

Nabakowski said he’s aware that many in the public have called for Montgomery to be fired, but that’s not something he’s comfortable doing just because it would be the popular move. The Democrat also said he’s freer than most politicians might be in this situation because he doesn’t intend to seek re-election in 2016.

“When you don’t have to run again, your conscience becomes the most important thing,” he said.

Montgomery’s attorney, Jack Bradley, declined to comment on his client’s employment.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.


  • Sis Delish

    What do folks who reacted to the Chris Sito story think? Should be quite telling. Here, we have someone whose Actions, not Words, have harmed children.

    • golfingirl

      You are missing the point Sis!

      His indiscretions were heterosexual. They did not harm the gay community.

  • Don Grantzki

    Good to hear that Nabakowski plans to move off the public payroll.

  • Scout

    My dad used to say ‘let your conscience be your guide in all things’.
    Why isn’t your conscience the most important thing all the time Mr. Nabakowski?

  • Sis Delish

    Mr. Nabakowski. What is your opinion on the way Elyrians handled the Chris Sito story? WWRN Do?

  • Starryeyes63

    I am beyond shocked….. where is the outrage pedophiles do not change.

  • Sis Delish

    Thinking out loud… should I make pretty signs and head on over to Nabakowski’s office to protest?

  • bigmacky

    I bet if he was seeking reelection he would have dropped this guy like a bad habit – the wheels of Lorain County are truly mired in dookey

    • Bob Sweatt

      LOL Dookey…

  • Sis Delish

    What’s that we see in the downtown area… Democrats circling the wagons?

  • golfingirl

    “When you don’t have to run again, your conscience becomes the most important thing,”

    Should have said, “your lack of any conscience!”

    “It takes a lot to make me fire somebody,” he said Tuesday, noting that throughout his career he has tried to find ways to keep employees with problems on the job.”

    I suppose he will keep his job even after sentencing. I mean, why not. Some people work from home, why not from prison?

    I can assure you his “conscience” would have responded differently if it was his daughter!

    This is unbelievable! Probably the dumbest statement I have ever heard from a politician….and that says a lot!

  • GreatRedeemer

    “ When you don’t have to run again, your
    conscience becomes the most important thing,” he said.”
    So is the latter being- when you run for re-election conscience can take a backseat ?

    Sir, The man is a felon and the last thing the citizens of Lorain county need are felons working for them; especially for the courts of all places ! My goodness.

  • Sis Delish

    Let’s see… I recall a posting about the Chris Sito Story whereby Mr. Sito was a 24/7 representative of Elyria’s Little League. Everything said by Mr. Sito represents the League, some citizens argued. His position about some little club at EHS was not conducive to being in his leadership role with the League. He was attacked, petitioned, and removed from his post.

    Mr. Nabakowski is a Democrat. 24/7, everything uttered by this Elected Official of Lorain County represents the organization with which he is affiliated with, according to the Citizen’s Against Sito Firing logic above.

    Using the above logic, Mr. Nabakowski should be immediately removed from his office so as to not place the stain of retaining County employees who are convicted child molesters on the Democratic Party.

    Where is that Petition writer who got the citizens of Elyria to remove the baseball guy?

    Where is Elyria’s conscience?

    • Bill Love

      get off the sito thing that has nothing to do with this story i agree the sick @ss should be fired and the judge sounds like the typical dem but trying to make the same case here as for sito is dumb

      • Sis Delish

        The silence is deafening from the Protect the Child folks in Elyria.

      • Starryeyes63

        Sito lost a position over his opinion, and this actual pedophile keeps his cushy county job & retirement. MAKES ZERO SENSE

  • luvmytoaster

    Is Judge Burge related to Nabakowski? They seem to emit the same qualities…..

  • disqus_oQQsK6fKdq

    I am concerned when those that are applying the law appear to interpret the law to suit their needs. According to USLegal.com, the definition of the word “shall” is “An imperative command; has a duty to or is required to.” I don’t know how a felony “shall be grounds for dismissal” is interpreted any other way than a felony is grounds for dismissal. It appears that the local government is being sympathetic to the perp, rather than honoring how this violation of a child has affected the entire life of that individual and she rightly deserves to have the laws applied. Haven’t we learned from war victims suffering from PTSD?

    • Bob Sweatt

      I am thinking, someone has something to hide or someone is being blackmailed. And yes I am talking about Nabakowski.

      • Sis Delish

        The employee is in charge of the computers… perhaps he has copies of RN’s communications with ….

  • Joe Smith

    “It takes a lot to make me fire somebody,” he said Tuesday”

    So molesting a little girl does not qualify as a lot?…Really?

  • Scout

    Oy!

  • oldruss

    William Montgomery, the child molester in this ugly little drama, must be well connected with the Lorain County Democrats. Anyone else, who plead guilty to child molestation, would have been fired. Try keeping a non-political job as a child molester.

  • oldruss

    Let’s hope that the judge makes it a part of William Montgomery’s plea bargained sentencing that Montgomery will forfeit his tax payer funded job with Ron Nabakowski’s office.

  • Mike ken ken

    Why isn’t the court in lorain county shut down, how much more corruption is the court going to throw in the people’s Face.. Hey FBI LOOK over here. This court has to be the most corrupt court.. If outside help doesn’t help, we are doomed.

  • Sis Delish

    What is fascinating about today’s news vs. the past two day’s news is how fast this story was bumped down the front page. It’s almost as if the red hotline phone from the Democrats Headquarters direct to the C-T newsroom was activated.

  • John Davidson

    I wonder how Mr. Nabakowski would feel about this child molester if it would have been his daughter that was molested. Sure you can keep you job.

    Just remember we are the ones paying this guy with our tax dollars and we will continue to when he probable retires getting his pension and becomes a double dipper.

  • Sis Delish

    Crickets… from those very same folk who were protesting the other day about the EHS Club story… Crickets…

    • Starryeyes63

      Actual children being harmed means nothing I guess..

      • Sis Delish

        Yep. I’m thinking that all the rabid posters on the EHS/Sito issue were government/school Employees or Democrats, which is likely the same thing.

  • suegee

    He raped an 8 yr old,what will it take for this moron to fire him?Maybe if he raped and murdered her?He murdered any chance for a decent life for her.They should BOTH be fired.

  • suegee

    Once a pedophile,always a pedophile

  • Starryeyes63

    Where is the outrage?????

  • golfingirl

    Put him in prison, find him a nice cell mate, and let them play meat puppets together.

  • Fedupintheburbs

    Remove this sex offender now! He has no business keeping a job which is taxpayer funded and in a position with the court system! Why is this even being debated?

    • golfingirl

      Ironic thing is the victim, if she works or lives in Lorain County is paying his salary through her taxes.

      Talk about rubbing “salt in the wound.”

    • Starryeyes63

      Because Ron Nabakowski is a democrat………

  • golfingirl

    “Nabakowski said he’s aware that many in the public have called for Montgomery to be fired, but that’s not something he’s comfortable doing just because it would be the “popular move.”

    Not the “popular move,” but rather the correct and necessary move.