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Man jailed for 16 years because of violent child porn

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Dunbar man who had an extensive collection of child pornography, some of it depicting violence, was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib called the materials "disgusting" and said probation was no option for Ryan Montgomery, 40.

A computer repairman at Quinn Computers in South Charleston discovered the pictures and movies last February. According to court documents, Montgomery took his Sony Vaio laptop to the store and said it was making a "clanking" noise.

A technician couldn't find any clanking, but he did find files containing young children engaged in sexual acts. He notified police, who took possession of the computer and then got a search warrant to check Montgomery's Payne Avenue home and his workplace.

Montgomery was employed at Central Transport in Dunbar. Police confiscated his computer there but found no pornography. At his home, however, authorities carried out a large number of CDs, computer equipment and bags containing sex toys, female clothing and bondage items.

In his car were additional videos, some depicting young girls in violent sexual situations and rape.

A grand jury indicted him on 58 counts of possession of material involving minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He pleaded guilty last year to eight of those counts and the rest were dismissed.  

Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Meadows told the judge, "This is one of the most extensive collection of not just adult porn but also child porn that Ms. Lord and I have ever seen."

Meadows and Assistant Prosecutor Erica Lord handle most of the child pornography cases in Kanawha County.

"He had multiple images of little girls in dance and gymnastics situations, pictures that parents took and he perverted them," Meadows said. "There were multiple hard drives and many, many videos with little girls 7 to 12 being sexually assaulted, in bondage, tied up and abused in all ways possible.

"Considering the extensive collection, the bondage and the violence, my concern is what happens when he is desensitized by looking at a computer," she said. "When just looking is not enough, judge.

"He is a danger and a risk, and I ask for the maximum possible sentence," Meadows said.

Montgomery told Zakaib he had watched pornography all his life but was currently in counseling and attending meeting for sex addicts.

"I was watching regular pornography on my home computer and it just kind of grew. I just kind of got numb to it and then started watching the kind that's got me in trouble now," he said.

"I'm really sorry for that," he said. "It has brought shame to my family and the people around me. I'm sorry it had to come to getting arrested for me to wake up and start changing."

Montgomery served 11 years in the U.S. Navy, where he also suffered repercussions from his pornography habit. According to his court file, he was reprimanded for using military computers to access pornography in 2004 and 2005.

Tim Smith, his court-appointed attorney, asked for five years probation for Montgomery instead of prison.

"He spent 11 years out on the ocean with nothing but men. I'm not surprised he would be looking at pornography. The addiction began then."

Smith said Montgomery hoped to move to his native San Diego, find new employment and continue treatment.

"Child pornography is horrible," Smith told the judge. "And he admits it is horrible. He has a history of depression. Do we want to put him in a cage, scramble his brain and put him back out on the streets?"

Zakaib said, "I've reviewed your file and frankly it's very disgusting. What's going to happen next? Maybe participating with young girls?"

Montgomery interrupted and said, "I've never touched anyone, your honor."

"I know, but you would gradually get to the point where you will," the judge said.

Montgomery was ordered to serve 40 years of extended supervision after his release from prison. He must register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life.

He was taken into custody at the end of the hearing.

Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at or 304-348-4832.



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