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Sunnyvale Tennis Instructor Accused of Unlawful Sexual Contact

February 8, 2017

A 61-year-old tennis instructor has been accused of having unlawful sexual contact with two underage sisters, according to city officials and prosecutors in Sunnyvale.

Matt Reza Montana, a former instructor at the Sunnyvale Tennis Center, was arrested in early December by the Department of Public Safety. The arrest was based on information given to law enforcement by one of the victims, who claimed the tennis instructor molested her.

Further investigation led to the identification of the second victim who was her sister, city officials said.

The defendant, who lives in San Jose, was arrested on 31 counts. The majority of the crimes are lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, plus one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, according to the Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney, Pinaki Chakravorty. Montana appeared at the Palo Alto Courthouse after his arrest but did not enter a plea. Montana was scheduled to return to court in mid-January.

Chakravorty told the media that one of the victims told her friend about the alleged molestation. That girl, in turn, told her own mother, who informed the victim’s mother. The victim saw a therapist, who persuaded her to speak with the police.

The District Attorney’s Office said that the first victim received tennis lessons from Montana one to three times a week. She was allegedly abused between 2006 and 2013. There was one charge filed on behalf of the second victim, who is the first victim’s sister. Chakravorty said that the second victim was allegedly abused from 2009 to 2011.

Montana concealed from his employer the fact that he was registered as a sex offender, which the law says he must disclose. He was convicted of sexual battery in 1996 and was sentenced to three years of probation and a year in jail. Montana returned to jail in 1999 for a probation violation. He was subsequently released with the condition that he register as a sex offender with San Jose police. City officials say that he complied with the requirement.

Montana was employed by BG Tennis, Sunnyvale’s contractor for its tennis programs. BG Tennis operated the tennis program from 2004 for seven years until it was told by the city that the program was ending. The city resumed the tennis program between January and April of 2012. Montana stopped teaching tennis in Sunnyvale when the city contracted with Lifetime Tennis for lessons in the spring of 2012. He was giving private tennis lessons at De Anza College in Cupertino and West Valley College in Saratoga at time of his arrest, reports said.

Unfortunately, some adults in positions of authority over children use this power to commit horrible crimes against innocent victims. Sexual assault and emotional abuse can cause severe and lasting injuries. At the Cifarelli Law Firm, we make it our mission to hold the perpetrators of sexual abuse accountable for their actions. The compensation we have been able to obtain for our victims will never replace what was lost, but it will help in recovering towards a better life.

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