October 20, 2014


Former deputy clerk gets 18-month sentence on sex charges

Former deputy clerk of courts William Tyrone Montgomery, right, with attorney Jack Bradley, awaits his sentencing on charges of molesting a girl for a decade starting in the 1980s. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Former deputy clerk of courts William Tyrone Montgomery, right, with attorney Jack Bradley, awaits his sentencing on charges of molesting a girl for a decade starting in the 1980s. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — William Tyrone Montgomery was sentenced Monday to 1½ years in prison for molesting a young girl in the 1980s, beginning when she was 8 years old.

Montgomery, 52, resigned from his longtime job as a deputy clerk for Lorain County Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski earlier this month under public pressure after pleading guilty to gross sexual imposition charges in March. His plea was part of a deal that saw prosecutors drop additional charges of rape and sexual battery.

Montgomery also was labeled a sexually oriented offender and will have to register for 10 years after his release from prison.

Although the victim, who now is an adult, wasn’t in court Monday, Assistant County Prosecutor Chris Pierre read a letter she wrote urging county Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski to impose a prison sentence.

The victim wrote that Montgomery had molested her for a decade and she endured it because she was afraid she was going to get in trouble herself or suffer other consequences if she told anyone.

“I locked all the bad stuff away in a separate little box in my brain,” the letter said.

She wrote that the abuse made her feel terrible and that “rotten became my normal.”

The victim said that in her mind justice for Montgomery would see him serving time in prison, where he could feel some of what she felt while he was sexually abusing her.

“I want him to live locked away in a little box,” the letter said. “I want him to live in fear.”

Montgomery apologized in court for his actions.

“I’m truly sorry for what I have done,” he said. “Through the course of my life I have never wanted to hurt anybody.”

Defense attorney Jack Bradley said Montgomery also had apologized to the girl’s family about four years ago. Montgomery was indicted in August 2013, shortly before the statute of limitations in the case would have run out.

He said his client still has the backing of his church and several co-workers and supporters who wrote letters to Betleski urging leniency.

But Pierre countered that those supporting Montgomery weren’t around when he was molesting the victim and couldn’t attest to who he truly was.

“Character is who you are and what you do when no one else is around, and the state would submit that (the victim) knows what the defendant is like when no one else is around,” he said.

Betleski said he was imposing the sentence based on the charges Montgomery had pleaded guilty to, not the allegations that had been leveled.

He also was critical of the direction the public discourse surrounding Montgomery’s employment took.

Although Nabakowski had said he would wait until after sentencing to decide what to do with Mongtomery, he also said that he was unlikely to fire him if he received probation. That brought complaints from the public and county Commissioner Tom Williams, who pushed for Montgomery to be barred from county property if he wasn’t fired.

Betleski said the debate failed to take into account the low recidivism rates of sex offenders and that those who had called for Montgomery to be fired didn’t appear to know that. He also said that those who believe felons shouldn’t be allowed to have jobs should avoid most of the restaurants in the county.

Williams, who didn’t attend the hearing, said he was disappointed to learn of Betleski’s comments.

“If that’s the way the judge feels, he’s out of touch with the way the majority of people feel,” he said.

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

  • golfingirl

    Probably has 18 months vacation time, being a government worker. He can simply use that and Nabakowski will rehire him when he gets out.

    Victim was raped for 10 years. Shouldn’t he have gotten at least that much time in prison?

    • Deb Lawrence

      The sentence is not a slap in the face to this Lorain County resident. I was sexually abused from the age of 11 to 14 by my stepfather. I was sexually molested by my father at the age of 8. The only thing that freed me from the dark memories was forgiveness. With forgiveness it set me free from being a victim and allowed me to become a survivor. I did not want to seek vengeance or judgement because that would have affected more people then myself and my abuser. Judgement should be between GOD and the accused only because in all truth only the victim and the abuser know the FACTS.

  • Sis Delish

    Avoid Food Trucks, too?

    • golfingirl

      Probably playing “meat puppets” in the kitchen, just prior to preparing your food.


      • Starryeyes63

        Did someone copy your name & picture?? Look at the newest comment, not the same person sounds like the gooffather.

        • golfingirl

          Yes….the Godfather…..stole my photo and added an “L” to my name.

          All his old posts now have my photo and this name.

          • HankKwah

            Wonder if it’s the same guy who duped Sis Delish.

          • golfingirl

            Godfather has been “eliminated.” I have my sources….laughing.

  • GreatRedeemer

    Clearly the judge has a different view than many of felons working for the government, especially the court system. So did the Clerk of Courts.

  • gollfingirl

    Well hopefully he can be rehabilitated and get out and return to being
    a productive member of society.
    Everyone deserves to be shown right from wrong, without their
    lives being ruined.

    • Starryeyes63

      Dang resorting to using someone else’s name???? Goof father??/

      • golfingirl

        He is a sick person.

    • golfingirl

      The above reply submitted by Godfather, pretending to be me.

      Note the two “L’s” in the name.

      • Starryeyes63

        Is he having trouble with his/ hers sexual identity…… First a father now a gurl??????

  • Joe Smith

    18 months for ruining a childs life, not near enough.
    Maybe one of the inmates will teach him the lesson he needs.

    • Deb Lawrence

      Wow that is harsh. I guess you believe in an eye for an eye. If you lie should someone cut your tongue out to teach you a lesson. If you steal should someone cut your hand off to teach you a lesson. If the time comes when you KNOW all the FACTS maybe then you could share your strong opinion of what you think should happen to him.

      • golfingirl

        He raped and sexually molested an 8 year old child!

        This was not a “one time” case of poor judgement on his part…..he was doing it for 10 years!

        Really? He should spend the rest of his life behind bars.

        Call it harsh, I call it fair.

        • Deb Lawrence

          I am not saying anything about the prison time. I commented on the maybe one of the inmates will teach him the lesson he needs. I am so glad you were there to WITNESS the victims 10 years so you can share what is fair. My problem is that who are we to say what is deserved when we form opinions on what we read.

          • golfingirl

            He admitted to it! No one needed to be there to “witness” it.

            Whether it happened, or not, is not up for debate…..he did it! Are you suggesting it was consensual, with an 8 year old?

            As for people passing judgement. This is a crime which most view as the most heinous crime one can commit. Outside of killing the child after he had his way with her, it gets no worse than this.

            I think people are fed up with the lenient sentences being imposed by these judges, which leaves only “street justice” to impose the “proper” penalty on this disgusting man.

            I am glad you learned from your past mistakes, but not all indiscretions are equal. His was as bad as it gets and he only got 18 months? Probably will be out in 12 months.

            Really? l have no sympathy for this animal and anything which happens to him behind bars.

            He does deserve everything that walks through the door he opened when he choose to raped an 8 year old for ten years.

            It stinks getting caught, doesn’t it! My prayers are for the victim, not this creep.

          • stillsleepyeyes

            Sounds like deb is a relative or a lover of this perp………………

          • Deb Lawrence

            No I am not a relative or lover of the perp but he is my friend. He does deserve punishment the victim herself needs him to pay consequences for his actions. My opinion is that this should be between. Her, him, and the judicial system.

          • stillsleepyeyes

            And it is between them…………….but with a government job……….comes the public view………

          • Deb Lawrence

            I am making no suggestions that an 8 year old consented to anything. My prayers go out to the victim as well. Children need and should be safe with adults and sexual acts on a child is heinous. As you may have read in previous comments I have posted, I too was abused as a child. I just do not have the opinion that vengeance would productive long term. Does he need to answer to what he did, absolutely. I can say this for a fact, he will suffer the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life. Nobody gets justice in these cases.

          • golfingirl

            Criminals all know how child molesters are treated by fellow inmates in prison.

            He still committed the crime despite this. This did not deter him.

            Maybe he needs to experience it first hand, which he likely will.

            Even among inmates, these types are the lowest of the low.

            Good Luck William Tyrone Montgomery……I would sleep with my eyes open if I were you.

            You deserve what you get….you are an animal.

          • Joe Smith

            I don’t have to see a child raped to know that 18 months in prison is not enough and yes I believe in an eye for an eye

      • Joe Smith

        He admitted to what he did, what more facts do you need?

  • ben dover

    the judge gave him options. listen to golfingirl for 18 mos or jail time. smart man doing the time

    • golfingirl

      Again, if you don’t like the comments I post here, simply click on that “little dash mark” next to the flag, to the right of my name.

      Poof….like magic, my comments just disappear. But I bet you can’t bring yourself to do it, can you? You cannot resist the urge to read my comments, can you?

      We will know if you have the discipline to do so, or you can just keep changing you name and pretend like you are someone else, like you seem to have a habit of doing.

      You are way too obvious.

  • Deb Lawrence

    Are you speaking from experience yourself. I am 55 years old and have learned much from my past mistakes and am a much better person from learning from my mistakes and poor choices. Without change and forgiveness I would not be the wife, mother, and grandmother I am today. Who are you to pass such judgement. The last time I checked GOD was not spelled Derrick Gordon.