Thursday, November 10, 2005


Minister pleads guilty to molesting 8-year-old girl

Mesa, Arizona - An assistant minister at a Mesa church pleaded guilty to molesting a young girl 13 years ago, when he was a teenager.

Dennis "Tony" Montoya entered the plea to two counts of sexual conduct with a minor on Wednesday. Three other charges were dismissed.

The victim, who was eight years old when she was molested, was in the Mesa courtroom, which was packed with Montoya's supporters. advertisement

Montoya - who was 15 at the time of the molestation - faces up to 7½ years in prison when he's sentenced Dec. 16.

Montoya was an assistant minister at Mesa's Word of Grace Church. He was arrested in June after the victim came forward.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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