The Long Beach Police Department arrested a suspect in connection with assaults, which took place in the 1970s while he was a member of a church and boys’ youth organization in Long Beach, and it is believed that additional victims may exist.
In April 2014, Long Beach Police launched an investigation after receiving information from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints alleging that a former church member, Daniel Montoya, was responsible for sexually molesting several teenage boys beginning in the 1970s.
In the course of the investigation, detectives learned that in 1986, Montoya pled guilty to molesting two teenage boys who were members of his church in Long Beach. Under a sentencing agreement, Montoya received three years probation, was ordered to attend psychotherapy treatment, and is required to register as a sex offender. Sometime after this conviction, Montoya moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he lived without registering as a sex offender as required.
The latest victims did not initially report the incidents because they were embarrassed by what had occurred. It was not until years later, when the suspect called one of the victims and inquired about the victim’s 8-year-old child, that the victim felt compelled to disclose the terrible incidents that had occurred. Detectives located and interviewed four additional victims. Upon interviewing the now adult victims, Long Beach Sexual Assault Investigation Detectives ascertained Montoya befriended the teenage victims then began sexually molesting them.
In September 2014, investigators presented these cases to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office for filing consideration. On September 18, 2014, the District Attorney’s Office filed charges of three counts of sexual assault related charges and an arrest warrant was issued.
On October 6, 2014, Long Beach detectives flew to Phoenix, Arizona, and, with the assistance of the Phoenix Police Department, arrested 55-year-old Daniel Montoya of Phoenix, without incident. On October 24, 2014, Long Beach detectives transported Montoya to Long Beach. Montoya is currently being held on $1,250,000 bail.
Detectives believe additional victims may exist and urge anyone who had similar contact with this individual or information regarding someone who has, to contact Long Beach Sexual Assault Investigation Detective Jennifer Kearns at (562) 570-5514. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org .