A U.S. Marine Corps reserve sergeant lost his bid in court to get reinstated as an Orange County sheriff's deputy after being fired for routinely telling women he met while on duty he was a “Stallion” and they were “doable” and
questionable personal contact with a street prostitute, fabricating duty
logs about his whereabouts, and bragging to a female teen that “If
you mess around with me, I'm going to fuck you so hard with a big dick
enough to make an elephant scream.” Scott Christopher Montoya later screamed, through a lawsuit against the County of Orange, that a 13-month investigation into his conduct violated the one-year statute of limitations in the California Peace Officers Bill of Rights.
But Orange County Superior Court Judge John Gastelum
has ruled that the statute of limitations was correctly delayed by the
county, and that Montoya himself held up the process by postponing
interviews due to stress.
R. Scott Moxley blanketed the original case with coverage:
The sheriff's department fired Montoya in October 2010 because he had converted patrol duties into
“a means to meet various women” and used his gang-intervention
responsibilities at schools “to solicit, while on duty, as many women as
possible,” according to internal OCSD documents.
Firing Montoya was a difficult decision for Sheriff Sandra Hutchens' administration because he is a war hero. During the April 8, 2003, battle for Baghdad, Montoya ran into sniper fire five times to save four other
trapped and wounded Marines and an Iraqi citizen. For such valor, he was
awarded the Navy Cross.
“flirty,” “strange,” “overtly sexual and inappropriate,” “egotistical,”
and “a predator.”
innuendo . . . always asking about whether the teachers and the mothers
of students were single,” one elementary school employee told investigators, “[and he] frequently made comments such as,
'She's got a nice ass!'”
start of school staring at both parents and children.”
received so many complaints that an internal investigation was launched and surveillance of Montoya began in February 2009, when he was observed cruising a Stanton liquor-store
parking lot, approaching a female and “immediately [asking] for her
phone number.” The woman later admitted she felt “pressured” to befriend
Montoya because he wore a deputy uniform.
his patrol car and, according to captured audio, asked, “Where's my
The investigation revealed he visited the woman's office four times, though he had no business there and failed to log his whereabouts while there. Checks of previous work logs uncovered evidence from 2008 that Montoya spent nearly three hours somewhere with a habitual female runaway, age 13.
minutes of his shift inside a mobile home in the company of a 20-year-old woman and a
16-year-old girl. Also that same year, the deputy asked a Walter
Elementary School employee, “When are we going to fuck?” and discussed times and places to have sex.
street prostitute named “Ivy” told investigators she had lied to cover
up Montoya's indiscretions in the past, admitting the deputy told her
she has a “nice ass!” and gave her his cell-phone number in hopes of
having “free sex.”
As the walls came crashing around Montoya, he claimed he was temporarily
disabled and took an extended leave from duty because of “stress and
depression,” according to department records.
Montoya's termination letter, sheriff's officials wrote, “Your course of conduct during
this investigation renders the department unable to trust your ability
to exercise sexual restraint when dealing with both adult and juvenile
Montoya was also informed in the letter he isn't fit
to wear any law-enforcement uniform. But he did receive support in his battle for reinstatement from the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, the labor union.
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.