Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A convicted sex offender pleaded not guilty Wednesday to sex-related charges involving two boys molested about 25 years ago.

Daniel Montoya, 55, is charged with two felony counts of sodomy by use of force and one felony count of failing to register as a sex offender, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The criminal complaint alleges that the boys were sexually assaulted in 1988 and 1989.

Montoya pleaded guilty in 1986 to molesting two teenage boys who belonged to the church he attended, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Long Beach, according to that city’s police department.

Montoya — who was also described by police as also having been a member of a boys’ youth organization in Long Beach — later moved to Arizona and failed to register as a sex offender as required under his sentence, according to Long Beach police.

Police said they launched an investigation after getting information from the Mormon church in April about allegations against Montoya, who was by then a former church member.

The newest alleged victims did not initially come forward because they were embarrassed about what had happened, according to police.

Montoya was charged Sept. 26, then arrested earlier this month in Phoenix, Ariz., and brought to Southern California. He remains jailed in lieu of $1.25 million bail.

If convicted as charged, he faces up to 25 years to life in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

City News Service

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