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Exclusive: ACS places man accused of sex crime to live with kids

Sarah Wallace reports on the investigation
January 30, 2014 3:17:28 PM PST
How could a 22-year-old man with a history of violence, accused of a sex crime, be placed in a building housing children awaiting foster care placement?

The Whistle-blower came to Eyewitness News, worried that officials were ignoring the danger posed by Montgomery.

He is hearing-impaired, known to be "physically aggressive" and was recently charged with a sex crime against a 15-year-old boy, also under ACS care.

"He's a grown man, not a child. He's been there for many years," said the worker. They add, "He's very dangerous to the kids. He's very dangerous. Look at what he has just done. This is?this is not the first time that he has wanted to have sex with other kids in there."

Several sources tell us that in early January, Montgomery admitted to having sex with the underage teen. A couple of days later, when the 22-year-old allegedly attempted to force the boy into sex and then assaulted him, Montgomery was arrested. But a few days later, he was released on his own recognizance, and living right back here. The boy was moved.

"It needs to be stopped. You know, something needs to be done. Aaron should have been out of there. He should never have come back," adds the worker.

There's more to that internal ACS alert we obtained, that warns" Aaron should not be around any children." It says: "He has been relocated to Room 425 and he should eat and sleep there. He must always have a regular staff and his temp with him. He should not be left alone with a Peace Officer."

A full-time officer is now assigned to Montgomery. ACS told us in a statement that it is "currently working on finding an adult living situation" that will "ensure the complicated and very serious medical needs of the young person in care are met." The agency adds: "It is our sincere desire to resolve this situation as soon as possible." But This ACS insider believes every day Montgomery isn't moved, he's a potential danger to kids around him.

Sarah Wallace: Your concern is that he might do this again."
Worker: "Yes ma'am. And he's gonna do it again."

An ACS source says the agency has been trying to place Montgomery for two years. That fact says everything about the breakdown in the system dealing with emotionally disturbed adults.

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