was an LDS church member; accused of sexual abuse

About Joseph Montanino

Joseph Montanino Mormon Sex Crime Case Summary

10/01/82 Massachusetts

LDS Joseph Montanino the “Defendant was convicted by jury in the Middlesex Superior
Court, Robert J. Hallisey, J., of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14,”
“and a high-ranking member of the Mormon church who also was a physician… testified
about the defendant’s service in the Boy Scouts and as a police officer.

The Boy Scout officials told the jury that the defendant had received several awards,
including the Eagle Scout and SilverBeaver awards, and described the exacting standards
that applied to the defendant’s selection as an award recipient. All the character witnesses
testified that the defendant had an excellent reputation in the community for, among other
things, morality and for not being the type of person who would be sexually involved with
boys.” . “Are you aware that there is another complaint [or allegation] against the defendant
involving an incident between January and April of 1981 , in Somerville [or Cambridge]
involving another member of the troop?” Four witnesses testified that *134 they were aware
of at least one of the allegations against the defendant. On redirect examination they were
permitted to explain why they believed **620 the defendant’s reputation in the community
was nevertheless good.. .” President of the Cambridge Boy Scout council “On cross-
examination, he testified that he had heard of the prior allegations that had formed the basis
of the severed indictments.” “Two additional indictments against the defendant were
returned at the same time. Those indictments alleged that the defendant had raped another
child under the age of sixteen some two years before the incidents which are the subjects of
these indictments took place”.

The complainant was the same in both indictments and also was a former member of the

Boy Scout troop of which the defendant was scoutmaster. The rape indictments were
severed from the trial of these indictments.”,

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