Man arraigned in long-delayed Colonie child porn case
COLONIE A Clifton Park town employee has been indicted for allegedly possessing more than two dozen videos containing child pornography on his personal computer, authorities said.
Michael E. Montague, 44, an environmental specialist with the town, was arraigned earlier this month in Albany County Court on a total of 26 counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child, a felony.
He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $10,000 bail, which he has since posted, officials said.
Without naming Montague, Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said in a news release that he was made aware Monday of the arrest of a town environmental specialist and that the employee has been placed on administrative leave, “pending further review.”
Barrett added that the town was not aware of any allegations connected to his employment.
The case dates back to 2009, according to the indictment. Montague is accused of possessing the videos Jan. 23 of that year.
Colonie Police Deputy Chief John Van Alstyne said the investigation began when Montague brought a laptop into a local business for repairs. Employees at the business, though, noted suspicious items on the computer and notified police.
He said Monday the case was originally to be prosecuted federally. It ultimately didn’t go forward at that level, so it returned to the local criminal justice system, and an Albany County grand jury handed up an indictment recently.
A warrant was issued for Montague’s arrest and he turned himself in last week, Van Alstyne said.
Montague is represented by attorney Stephen Coffey, who declined to comment Monday evening.