Riverdale Band Teacher Investigated for Child Porn

Riverdale Band Teacher Investigated for Child Porn

A Riverdale Joint Unified School District band teacher, 25-year-old Steven Montes, is out on bail after he was arrested Friday on child pornography charges.
A Riverdale Joint Unified School District band teacher, 25-year-old Steven Montes, is out on bail after he was arrested Friday on child pornography charges.

Detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff's Department and federal agents are investigating Montes.

Sheriff Margaret Mims says Montes asked some of his students to try on different band uniforms in a classroom Friday, but the unsuspecting students didn't know they were being watched and recorded.

"A female student at the high school discovered the recording device after she was asked to change various band outfits at the direction of Montes," Mims says. 

Mims says the female student went directly to school officials. They called authorities, and deputies arrested Montes at the school.

"Several computers were seized from the school and a search warrant was served on a residence in the city of Visalia where Montes had been living," Montes says. 

Classes begin Thursday for the Riverdale Joint Unified School District, but Superintendent Pete Faragia says band students were on the high school campus last week for band practice.

Monday, the district sent out calls to parents to let them know about the ongoing investigation.

"It's important to note that creating a trusting and safe environment is a top priority for our district, and we will continue to do that. We'll work very closely with family and students affected by this situation," Faragia says. 

Montes had only been working with the Riverdale Joint Unified School District for the 2013-2014 school year. He was also a band instructor at Riverdale Elementary.

"At the time of the investigation, Mr. Montes immediately voluntarily resigned immediately and is no longer employed by Riverdale Unified," Faragia says. 
  
Montes previously worked in the Visalia Unified School District for the 2012-2013 school year.

Superintendent Craig Wheaton says they are also working with authorities.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP.
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