People v Frank Joseph Montengro
On March 22, 2017, a jury convicted defendant Frank Joseph Montenegro of two counts of lewd and lascivious acts against John Doe 1 (a minor under the age of 14), and of seven counts of lewd and lascivious acts against John Doe 2 (a minor under the age of 14). He was also convicted of four counts of aggravated sexual assault sodomy upon a minor under the age of 14.
In 1998, Defendant Montenegro was a special education teacher at Blacow Elementary School in Fremont when he began spending time outside of school hours with John Doe 2 and his family. John Doe 2’s single mother, who did not own a car, worked three jobs to support her three children. Defendant Montenegro began giving her rides to and from work. He also offered to enroll John Doe 2 in soccer and provided him with transportation to and from those sporting events.
It was during these period of unsupervised access that Defendant Montenegro also began violently sodomizing and molesting 8-year-old John Doe 2. The crimes took place at the school at night, at Defendant Montenegro's home, at a motel, and at Defendant Montenegro’s friend’s home. These crimes continued for the next three years and also included a time period where Defendant Montenegro was also John Doe 2’s teacher.
In the summer of 2000, John Doe 2 broke his leg and was unable to attend summer school in his regularly scheduled session with Defendant Montenegro. Then Defendant Montenegro turned his attention towards John Doe 1, who was another special education student in his class. At the time, John Doe 1 lived in a group home. Defendant Montenegro held John Doe 1 back at the recess period and performed various sex acts on him while hidden inside an interior room in his class. These acts occurred on multiple occasions during the summer school session.
In the summer of 2001, John Doe 1 bravely came forward and told police what happened. Defendant Montenegro was interviewed by police and promptly fled to Mexico. He spent the next 14 years on the Northern California FBI’s Most Wanted List. Ultimately, a tip from a citizen led the Los Angeles FBI Fugitive Task Force to a Catholic Worker House where Defendant Montenegro again fled, but was ultimately arrested.
Defendant Frank Joseph Montenegro is scheduled to be sentenced on June 2, 2017.
The case was prosecuted by DDA Amanda Chavez with assistance from DA Inspector Shan Johnson and Victim-Witness Advocate Nicole Santos.
Posted on Mar 23, 2017