A 66-year-old man is accused of habitually being naked around young boys at his homes in Mesa and Gilbert more than a decade ago, and police are now investigating.
Monte Jay Montierth, who was ex-communicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the alleged actions, began an inappropriate relationship with a boy in 1991 when the victim was 11 years old, according to a Mesa police report obtained Wednesday by the Tribune.
The relationship continued until about 1996, police say.
On Tuesday, police filed a complaint with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office recommending that Montierth be charged with two counts of indecent exposure. The charges are felonies due to the age of the victim.
The investigation began in September when a member of the church voiced concern that Montierth was trying to be readmitted to the church.
The woman, who is the mother of the victim, told police of a Web site where Montierth allegedly solicited young men, the police report said. Montierth told police he removed that part of the site.
Mesa police spokeswoman Holly Hosac said police believe there could be other victims out there, and they are still collecting facts on potential cases.
According to the police report, the victim in 1991 befriended Montierth and another boy and would go to Montierth’s home in Mesa, where Montierth would swim naked.
After Montierth moved to Gilbert, he could be found nude in the hot tub, the report said.
“I asked Mr. Montierth about his philosophy regarding nudity,” the detective wrote in the report. “Mr. Montierth said, ‘Adam and Eve were naked until the devil came into the picture.’”
During the investigation authorities said they discovered that Montierth also took the victim and another boy on trips to Las Vegas, Safford and Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.
And, police say, Montierth took the boy alone to Florida, where he is accused of physically touching him.
Montierth and the two boys would travel in the nude and he would provide them with pornography, the victim told police.
While in their hotel rooms, they were naked and would shower together.
On April 5, Montierth admitted to police he had been naked in front of the victim at his homes in Mesa and Gilbert and while on trips, the report says.
Montierth also admitted buying pornography while in California, Nevada and Florida — but not Safford.
Montierth also told the detective he had been naked around boys in California as early as 1963.
Police in Las Vegas, Anaheim, Calif., and Key West, Fla., said their statute of limitations to file charges has expired, the report says. In Arizona, authorities say the statute of limitations has not expired.
Anyone with information about Montierth should call Mesa police at (480) 644-2211.