Sentencing Delayed in Sexual-Molestation Case

Connecticut Post
April 1, 2005

BRIDGEPORT — Sentencing for a former seminary student, convicted of molesting a 16-year-old girl, was continued Thursday so the defendant can be examined to determine if he needs sexual offender treatment.

Superior Court Judge Heidi Winslow agreed to continue the sentencing for 30-year-old Leonardo Montoya to May 5 after granting the motion by Montoya's lawyer, Leonard Crone Jr.

"The court wishes to have an analysis of whether this defendant is appropriate or not for sex offender treatment," the judge said.

Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Esposito did not object.

Montoya was found guilty in January by a six-person jury of fourth-degree sexual assault. He faces up to a year in prison.

Montoya, formerly assigned to St. Augustine's Cathedral and churches in Trumbull and Norwalk, is accused of molesting the girl, whose family he met through the church, while he was visiting their Bridgeport home on Nov. 30, 2003.


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