Reno, Nevada – A Reno man was sentenced on Monday to serve two life sentences in prison after he plead guilty to sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.
Marcos Martin-Montoya, 35, plead guilty earlier this year to two counts of lewdness with a child under the age of 14, officials with the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
Each count carries a penalty of life in prison with the possibility of parole after serving a minimum of 10 years.
“The sentences handed down today are consecutive, guaranteeing that the very earliest Martin-Montoya could be eligible for release would be after he has served 20 years,” officials said in a statement.
Authorities had received a report that Martin-Montoya was inappropriately touching the 12-year-old in early May. Investigators later found that the girl had been sexually abused by him since 2009.
“He was arrested that same day,” officials said.
A multidisciplinary team from the Washoe County Child Advocacy Center were investigating the case. That included detectives from the Reno Police Department, authorities with the Washoe County Social Services and prosecutors with the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office.
“The work done by this exceptional team of prosecutors, detectives and child advocacy professionals continues to better serve our community’s most vulnerable victims of crime,” District Attorney Chris Hicks said in a statement on Monday.
The Child Advocacy Center opened in June 2014 and has conducted more than 300 interviews with child victims.
Four arrested for helping convicted sex offender escape, police say
Ft Worth, Texas – A 48-year-old registered sex offender that slipped out of a Fort Worth halfway house Aug. 4 has been found dead in South Carolina and four people have been arrested in connection with assisting in his escape, the Texas Department of Public Safety says.
The DPS said the Myrtle Beach Police Department informed them that Brent Allen Jozefkowicz was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot on Saturday morning. Positive identification was made late Monday by authorities in South Carolina.
Jozefkowicz, the DPS said, removed his ankle monitor on Aug. 4, left the Fort Worth halfway house and hadn’t been seen since. The DPS said at the time that Jozefkowicz was “considered at high risk to re-offend.”
The DPS also said four people were arrested Tuesday morning for assisting Jozefkowicz in his escape and charged with hindering apprehension, a third-degree felony. Those arrested were 45-year-old Jon Ryan Evans, 51-year-old Teresa Kaye Shook, 54-year-old Russell Wayne Shook and 45-year-old Paula Pedigo.
The search and arrest warrants were issued by Tarrant County 396th District Court Judge George Gallagher and were executed by the DPS Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Hood County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Worth Police Department and Granbury Police Department.
Those arrested face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
“Our children depend on the adults in their lives to protect them. But, too often, these are the very folks who have failed them. That’s why the Arkansas State Police Child Abuse Hotline is (844) SAVE-A-CHILD.”
Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas and Arkansas State Police announce new hotline to report Child Abuse
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas announced today the new hotline to report child abuse.
The hotline call center is staffed by a team of specially trained personnel from the Crimes Against Children Division of Arkansas State Police. An investigation may ensue based upon reports, which meet the criteria of state and federal laws. Reports of child maltreatment can be reported by anyone, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, through two toll- free phone numbers (844) SAVE-A-CHILD (728-3244) or (800) 482-5964.
“Our children depend on the adults in their lives to protect them. But, too often, these are the very folks who have failed them. That’s why the Arkansas State Police Child Abuse Hotline is (844) SAVE-A-CHILD. They will investigate and bring other agencies and charities into help as needed to save a child. Together, we can stop child abuse and rescue all children,” said First Lady Susan Hutchinson.
Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas’ Executive Director, Stacy Thompson, encourages anyone who suspects child abuse to call (844) SAVE-A-CHILD. The hotline is dispatched to Arkansas State Police.
“Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas thanks Mrs. Susan Hutchinson for her commitment to the safety of our children and willingness to spread the word about this new hotline number. The hotline number is not a replacement for the current number. When 1-844-SAVE-A-CHILD is dialed, it rolls forward to the existing child abuse and neglect reporting number,” she says.