For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Bays
775.321.4307 (o); 775.771.6049 (c)
Monday, September 14, 2015
Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks announced today the sentencing of a Reno man on two counts of lewdness with a child under the age of 14. Marcos Martin-Montoya 35 (DOB 10/15/79) was sentenced earlier today to two life sentences by Washoe County District Court Judge Scott Freeman for having committed lewd acts with a child. Martin-Montoya pled guilty earlier this year to the charges. Each count carries a penalty of life in prison with the possibility of parole beginning when a minimum of 10 years has been served. 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.
The case began on May 8, 2015 when law enforcement received a report of inappropriate touching involving a 12 year old girl. The subsequent investigation determined that the child had been sexually abused by Martin-Montoya since 2009. He was arrested that same day. A multi-disciplinary team from the Washoe County Child Advocacy Center consisting of prosecutors from the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office, detectives from the Reno Police Department and authorities with Washoe County Social Services investigated the case.
District Attorney Chris Hicks commented on the continuing efforts of the Child Advocacy Center to assist child victims of sexual abuse and stated, “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.” The CAC opened in June, 2014, and to date has conducted over 300 interviews of child victims.