July 25, 2014

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Sex offender resigns as deputy clerk

William Montgomery

William Montgomery

ELYRIA — William Tyrone Montgomery has resigned as a deputy clerk for Lorain County Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski, who had been under fire for keeping Montgomery on the job after he pleaded guilty to charges of gross sexual imposition last month.

Nabakowski said Montgomery told him during a meeting Monday that Friday would be his last day. He said he didn’t ask Montgomery to resign.

“We talked about it and he decided it was best,” Nabakowski said.

Montgomery, 52, was indicted last August on rape, gross sexual imposition and sexual battery charges that accused him of molesting a girl he knew beginning when she was 8 years old. The sexual abuse continued until the girl was 18, according to prosecutors.

The rape and sexual battery charges were dropped by prosecutors last month when Montgomery pleaded guilty to the gross sexual imposition charges. Montgomery could receive prison or probation when he is sentenced later this year by county Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski. He also will be required to register as a sexually oriented offender.

Following Montgomery’s plea on March 11, Nabakowski said he needed time to review what he would do with his longtime employee, who had remained on the job while the charges were pending.

Last week, Nabakowski said he would likely keep Montgomery on the job if he received probation in the case. He said he would make a final decision once the sentence was handed down.

Nabakowski’s reticence to fire Montgomery prompted the county commissioners to begin investigating whether there was a way to force the issue, possibly by banning Montgomery from county property. But a review by county Administrator Jim Cordes and Assistant County Prosecutor Gerald Innes hadn’t turned up a legal way to do that.

“People were upset about it and I think rightfully so, and I’m glad the individual has resigned,” county Commissioner Tom Williams said. “I’m just sad that Mr. Nabakowski didn’t see that what he was doing was wrong by trying to keep this individual on.”

As an independently elected public official, Nabakowski is in charge of hiring and firing the deputy clerks who work for him.

Nabakowski called dealing with the situation the “toughest choice” he’s faced during his lengthy career in public service.

He said he had drawn up an agreement for Montgomery, who works on computer systems, which would have kept him out of the public eye if he had stayed on the job. Nabakowski said although he thought Montgomery had engaged in behavior he found reprehensible, it had happened more than two decades ago and he wasn’t the same man as he was then.

“He’s repented,” he said.

Although Nabakowski said he received only two phone calls urging him to fire Montgomery, he was well aware of the public outcry over the situation. He said that Montgomery also was aware of it.

“He’s getting a lot of pressure,” he said.

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

  • oldruss

    Should have happened when William Montgomery first plead guilty to child molestation. I guess the “powers that be” in the Lorain Democrat Party finally convinced Nabakowski that it was in the Democrat Party’s best interests to cut its losses.

    • Sis Delish

      The Little Democrat Angel sitting on the one shoulder of the Democratic Party won out over the Little Democrat Devil on the other shoulder… a rare event.

  • stillsleepyeyes

    If this was stewart’s office he would be collecting sick time, unused vacation………but i’m sure he will walk away with something………….

    • Nick Noneya

      Couldn’t have put it better myself!! Elyria is a echo of NY.

  • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

    First things first: The court has a duty to rehabilitate the criminal and to protect the public from dangerous people, and I hope they take that duty seriously. While it’s very possible that the criminal has worked on his issues, something this reprehensible requires you to pay a debt to society as well, and there’s no escaping that.

    That said, it seems to me that his position was not one of authority or one of dealing with children or the public, so I applaud Nabakowski’s awareness that the only two options were to keep this man working or to put him on unemployment and welfare. As a society, we whine and moan about welfare constantly, but we also raise our voices to put people out of work. We can’t do both; even ex-convicts need to pay bills.

    • Mary Jo

      I cannot believe Nabakowski’s attitude towards this. Saying this man has repented is the most asinine thing I have ever heard. Tell me just how a person repents from raping an 8 year old and continuing to do so for ten years? He didn’t even admit it until he was charged with a crime. You can’t repent without making amends to those you have wronged. What amends has this man made? There was no repenting going on. I think anyone that knows this man should be questioning any other children he has had contact with over the last 30 years to see how much “repenting” has really gone on. I wonder how the woman who was the 8 year old child, feels about his repenting? How her family feels?
      What a slap in the face it is that their tax dolllars may have gone to this man all these years. What a disgusting bunch of people who think this is all OK and would just let it continue.

      (Alan, I am sorry that I posted this as a reply to your comment. I meant it just as a post and this being my first ever post on here, I did it incorrectly.)

      • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

        No worries at all. I understand and agree with your frustration, and your suggestion that others be contacted and interviewed. This is one of the most serious and damaging crimes one can commit, and going to confession or saying he’s sorry doesn’t eliminate the damage he has done. I hope the court takes that responsibility seriously.
        And welcome! Watch out for the fake accounts who just try to stir up trouble. You’ll be able to identify them pretty quickly.

    • Sis Delish

      Give him your money.

  • stillsleepyeyes

    Well I glad to see mr. nabadoughtski has a new profession as a counselor for sexual predators of minors now. but repent??? one would have to be remorseful before they can repent……….

  • Genarewick

    Getting caught is punishment enough if the court deems probation sufficient punishment. If he is not a threat to anyone at the work place, I see no reason why he can’t continue working there. Sounds like people just want hate and revenge and not what is best for society. Otherwise he will be unemployed and a burden to the tax payer. Do you want to pay his unemployment, heat, phone and rent liek we do for everyone else on the welfare system?

    • Joe Smith

      No I want him in jail for the rest of his life to protect the next child from molestation , he may kill the next one so he does not get caught again.

      He may not be a threat to anybody in the work place, he is just a threat to every child within driving distance.

      • anonymous

        plus I agree with you, there Is a school within a short walking distance across the street from where he works that he can easily access. I went to school there, I have child relatives that attend that school and I don’t want anyone of them to go through anything like what that young girl had to go through. send his butt to jail!!!

  • GreatRedeemer

    I can’t condone this man’s criminal actions however I give
    him credit for doing the right thing and resigning.

  • Brian_Reinhardt

    I find it very telling that a child molestor has a higher “moral fiber” than his elected official boss.

    I think maybe the wrong one resigned…

    • luvmytoaster

      You are so right!!!!

    • Joe Smith

      LOL! fact is stranger than fiction.

  • john legend

    Is this issue democrat vs republican? Sounds like it is to a majority of you. Doesnt matter, a child was involved. I get along with all types of political party affiliations, thank god i dont follow suit.

    • Sis Delish

      Yeah, all children are Republicans and all Molesting Adults are Democrats.

      Capice?

  • John Davidson

    Here is a case of the employee having more sense than his boss.

  • Americaschild

    Did any taxpapers see this job posting? This scum bag did! When will this job be posted to the public for anyone qualified to apply? Sex perverts excluded