Ex-deputy enters not guilty plea

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A former Valencia County sheriff's deputy, Emily Montoya, pleaded not guilty through her attorney last week on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

In June, Montoya, 50, was indicted on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated battery with no great bodily harm and interference with communications. She was not a deputy at the time of the alleged assault.

Rhea and Zoi Chavez, the wife and daughter of Ron Chavez, Martinez's employer, spoke about how Montoya was assaulting them "physically and mentally" and that the two were unable to retrieve their personal belongings because of a restraining order filed against the pair.

Montoya worked as a caretaker at Ron Chavez's house.

"I am here today to see justice served because this woman has continually harassed my daughter and myself," said Rhea Chavez.

Assistant District Attorney Bryan McKay said the matter is in both criminal and civil courts.

"That's obviously been one of the concerns by the Chavezes ― is that not only has it affected them based on allegations in that matter, but in the civil proceedings," McKay said.

But in an interview, Ron Chavez said Montoya doesn't live at his home, but only works at the residence part-time. He said the initial incident took place after his father, J.R., became ill. Chavez hired Montoya to be his caretaker.

Ron Chavez said his wife is trying to ruin his relationship with his daughter.

"She works part-time for me," Chavez said. "She doesn't stay overnight. She comes to work like every other employee and she leaves when work is over."

According to court documents, Montoya threatened Rhea and Zoi with a pipe and attacked the two with fists while the two went to Ron Chavez's parents' home in Rio Communities.

During the attack, when both Chavezes attempted to dial 911 on their cell phones, Montoya took possession of the phones and threw them against a wall, reports said.

Montoya told investigating deputies that after Rhea and Zoi Chavez asked her to leave, they attacked her.

Deputies observed that Montoya had a scratch on her forehead, while the Chavezes had scratches and bruises on the legs, back, arms and face.


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