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At the conclusion of their investigations, OCSD officials told Montoya, "You are incapable of conducting yourself in a manner consistent with the oath of your sworn profession" and, "Your actions . . . are inexcusable."
In a termination letter, 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 females." They also opined that Montoya—who earned a Navy Cross for heroic acts while serving as a U.S. Marine in Baghdad—isn't fit to wear any law-enforcement uniform.
"You have an extensive history wherein you have involved yourself in questionable on-duty, as well as off-duty, activities," officials continued. "Most of which are sexual in nature."
The OCSD referred Montoya's conduct to the district attorney's office for prosecution; the deputy has asserted in legal briefs that the DA won't file charges against him.
In the wake of literally dozens of scandals under onetime Sheriff Mike Carona—now a federal-prison resident after a 2009 corruption conviction for attempting to sabotage a grand jury investigation of OCSD sleaze—his replacement, Hutchens, says she will not tolerate dirty deputies.
Ironically, Carona—a self-styled "Christian conservative," even though he was a notorious womanizer—championed Montoya as a model deputy.
This column appeared in print as "Hot to Trot: OCSD fired Deputy Scott Montoya, a self-described 'stallion,' because he couldn't resist on-duty sexual urges."