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Burbank Refutes Claims In Montano Case
BURBANK, CA (January 17, 2018) – The City of Burbank values and cares about all of its employees. When the criminal behavior of a lifeguard, Mr. Montano, came to light on June 22, 2016, the City took immediate action.
An employee found a hidden camera phone that was secretly videotaping within the “lifeguard office” and reported this to a supervisor. The supervisor in turn called the police. The camera phone belonged to Mr. Montano. He was immediately arrested by Burbank Police. He never returned to work after his arrest and was terminated from his City employment. Additionally, the City obtained an order prohibiting him from approaching or contacting the victims or City’s aquatic facility.
The criminal case was prosecuted by the Burbank City Attorney’s Office. Mr. Montano was convicted on seven criminal counts including annoying and molesting minors under the age of 18 and criminal invasion of privacy, commonly known as the “Peeping Tom” law. He is now a registered sex offender. And, required to undergo sexual offender and substance abuse treatment. There was no evidence that the video tapes were ever shared, disseminated or displayed to others according to the police investigation.
The City takes any claim of sexual harassment and/or retaliation seriously. Today the City received press inquiries about a civil case based on a press release distributed by plaintiffs’ attorneys. The City has not been served with any lawsuit including the one referenced in the press release. The City disagrees with many of the assertions in the press release including retaliation and prior knowledge of alleged intrusion while staff were changing. The City has a policy that staff were not to change in the “lifeguard office.” Ultimately, this matter stems from Mr. Montano’s criminal actions.