Montgomery plea-taking, sentencing scheduled for Oct. 8

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Monte Montgomery

Clay Central-Everly's former superintendent is set to appear in District 3 court on Oct. 8 for a plea-taking and sentencing relating to a class C felony charge of first-degree theft filed Feb. 8.

According to court documents, Monte Montgomery, 49, of Royal, is set to plea guilty "pursuant to the plea agreement as reached by the parties."

Clay County Attorney Mike Houchins said the author of a Department of Corrections pre-sentence investigation -- that considers conditions such as education, personal background, criminal history and risk to the public -- has recommended probation.

"We're going to be following that recommendation, but I believe he is going to be asking for a deferred judgement," Houchins said, noting the judge handling the case will make that determination.

Montgomery's attorney Randall Sease declined to offer specifics.

"It would be inappropriate for me to comment at this point while the case is pending," he said. "I need to make my arguments to a judge and not the media."

Montgomery is facing the charge following an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation report that detailed nearly $103,000 of improper or unsupported disbursements from the school district's budget -- including nearly $48,000 in misappropriations -- between July 1, 2005 and Nov. 30, 2010. He is accused of improperly using the district's credit card for nearly $42,000 in disbursements.

Montgomery resigned Nov. 22, 2010, when confronted with a request for verification of questionable charges on the district's credit card. At that time, he acknowledged using the card inappropriately and communicated his desire and intention to make full restitution to the district. District officials have since cashed a $25,000 check from Montgomery for that purpose.

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  • A slap on the wrist! I'm sorry that is ridiculous, probation is not enough for stealing that amount of money from kids education.

    -- Posted by SystemofaDown on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 5:27 AM
  • Ridiculous...Wouldn't it be nice to take 100K whenever we wanted and only have to pay back 25K. He should have to pay back 400K plus interest. His wage should be garnished @ 40% until it is paid in full. Everything he owns should be confiscated and sold. This just shows that crime does pays very well.

    -- Posted by Chris-1 on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 8:47 AM
  • This just gets my blood boiling. No matter how much it was small or large amount it needs to be paid back not just a percentage.(it is probably the only chance at getting any back cut still) This is showing me that I could go steal a car at a dealership or go on a shopping spree and its ok because if I get caught I should only have to pay for part of what I stole and have no consequences for what I STOLE.......I feel like one way or another something needs to happen bigger than a slap on wrist with probation and pay a small portion back. Pay the price for what you went on for how long and this is all that is going to happen!!!!!

    -- Posted by thoughtsfromme on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 10:10 AM
  • I think I told you all this would be the result. Always happens in these types of cases.

    Not condoning drugs but you'll spend alot more time in jail for a minor drug offense than robbbing a school system and nearly crippling it.

    -- Posted by financeman on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 1:10 PM
  • Unreal, because he is "educated", has no prior criminal record, and not a risk to the public, he gets probation...

    Well, in my opinion, because he was an educated man, he should have known better. This is so wrong on so many levels.

    What is this teaching the very children he stole from? It's okay to steal something, you'll just get a slap on the wrist.

    I guess his true judgement day will come someday, and he will have to answer to a higher power for his crime.

    -- Posted by Tara,Patrick on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 2:05 PM
  • Maybe its time for a new County Attorney.

    -- Posted by olmanhawk on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 6:52 AM
  • Maybe it's time to implement the old Amish practice of "shunning" in which the offender is treated as a non-person and as if he didn't exist. It would also help immensely if staff and community members would stop fawning all over this scoundrel at ball games he still has the audacity to attend!

    Does anyone else besides me take offense at the new picture posted with this article which has him seated at a school he has subsequently robbed, in a position he no longer occupies?

    Personally, I believe the previous "mug shot" pictures depict him in a far more accurate light. JMHO

    -- Posted by letthecircusunfold on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 5:34 PM
  • I agree 100 % with everything you said letthecircusunfold.

    -- Posted by Tara,Patrick on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 7:54 PM
  • Thanks, Tara -- I agree with your posting and the others above as well!

    The other thing that really upsets me is this: I have it from a very reliable source, that the actual amount likely stolen by this imposter and hypocrite was closer to $200,000.00. But only some $47,000.00 could be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. The other $153,000.00 was very likely stolen by him but harder to prove and so issue was not taken with that amount.

    So........if you look at that scenario.....a slap on the wrist and a two year "paid vacation" so to speak -- the time value of that money which could have been invested, and you literally could have had a millionaire created from the tax monies stolen from C.C.E. tax payers! No wonder he has that sick looking grin on his face in the picture above. Hosing the patrons of C.C.E. all the way to the bank! What a despicable, vile scoundrel he is!

    -- Posted by letthecircusunfold on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 8:54 PM
  • I am disgusted by this!!!! I went to CCE while this loser was there. Our children are told that they can trust in their teachers, principals and ALL other school officials. Our children are told to respect these same school officials. Respect? Trust? Really? He cheated and lied and stole. And our children are supposed to respect that? I think this joke of a man, should have to pay EVERY penny back and serve jail time. Why does he get to get away with this?

    And I heard another school district hired him?

    What a joke! Justice right!

    -- Posted by boxergirl on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 9:27 PM
  • His pic. Wants to make me barfff.

    -- Posted by Amish4life on Sat, Sep 15, 2012, at 1:10 AM
  • Bet we bought that Bears poster and Huskers tie with out tax dollars. what a crook.

    -- Posted by Indianapolis on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 8:06 AM
  • I am by no means excusing or sticking up for this man, BUT I am going to throw this out to you for you guys to gnaw on. He can NOT be the only one to blame on this. Hence new ppl filled certain positions.

    School Secrateray must recieve reciepts for all credit card usage. She did not and did not make consequences for this action. Also others were able to use the two credit cards that were available! His and Hers! She also did not tell the School Board of her suspicions or notify them that the spending on it was out of control.

    The School Board is to look at these bills and ask what is going on with them. Hence why the auditor yelled at them and told them that it is their duty to know what is going on with the funds and spending. The president just signed off and called it good.

    When you see that your credit card bill is flauxing and being used somewhere where it shouldn't that should be a big red flag, but they never bothered to look at them! So they are to blame on this too. The auditor and the others that investigated could only pin point this amount to him because they could only prove this. So when laying blame make sure the others aren't involved either.I have said this again and again. The others are just as guilty because THEY did NOT do their JOBS! If you can not handle the work load, than learn how to share or walk away! Not the tax payer problem. We pay you to do your job no matter how nice, how popular, or what your name is. I think more should be sitting next to him!!

    -- Posted by acerdj on Tue, Sep 18, 2012, at 6:20 AM
  • He also did not get a job with another district. He can't while he is going thru legal actions.

    -- Posted by acerdj on Tue, Sep 18, 2012, at 6:21 AM
  • Here we go again! Let's make people guilty who are not! Some (like the Secretary) were damned if they did and damned if they didn't. There are others the School Board "let go" because of what Montgomery said about them! He was "trusted by all" and "everyone believed him and believed in him". What a joke??!!??

    -- Posted by concernedforcce on Tue, Sep 18, 2012, at 10:01 AM
  • "Trusted by all" and "everyone believed him and believed in him" -- Really? P.T. Barnum was absolutely right! -- "There is a sucker born every minute".

    One of the reasons, I believe, that employees trusted him so much was because he never said "no" to any of their requests. I imagine that since he "gave away the farm", so to speak, to garner favor with employees, he was, at the same time, "helping himself". So.....C.C.E. employee -- never forget -- Not every administrator who says "no" to you is an enemy and not everyone who says "yes" in a friend! A good administrator has to wear the black hat to keep the district "in the black"! The path of least resistance is trod by fools, sluggards and thieves!

    -- Posted by letthecircusunfold on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 5:51 PM
  • concernedforcce, nobody is saying the secretary or school board were "in on" Montgomery's scheme. However, I believe there was at least some negligence. Checks and balances were in place to ensure that one person did not have sole access to the funds. However, those were clearly not enforced. I haven't heard anyone say that either the secretary or board members were involved with taking the money, but clearly the improprieties went on much longer than they should have. Stating this fact is hardly "making people guilty", just stating the expectation that people elected or hired to do a job should, in fact, DO that job. Had they, things would not have gone this far.

    -- Posted by notinia on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 11:35 PM
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