[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 10/22/20]
MINNEOLA, Florida — A woman is behind bars and a man released on $100,000 bond after a child disclosed to a school resource officer she had been molested, according to arrest affidavits.
Cassandra Leigh Montgomery, 44, admitted to a Lake County Sheriff’s Office detective that she told the victim — who was 7 years old at the time — to touch Emmanuel Paul Blaise’s penis before Montgomery had sex with him in front of the little girl, according to Montgomery’s arrest affidavit. Due to heavy redaction in the affidavit, it is unclear what Montgomery’s relationship is to the victim.
Montgomery told LCSO Blaise, 35, would often have fantasies about having sexual encounters with children and she “just played along sort of like in a role play scenario.”
The victim told an interviewer at the Children’s Advocacy Center Montgomery was only present when she directed the victim to touch Blaise, but Blaise touched her on three other occasions when “everyone was asleep or not home,” the affidavit states. On one of those occasions, Blaise is alleged to have attempted sexual intercourse with her, but “stopped when she was in obvious pain.”
Montgomery was arrested Wednesday after admitting the acts to LCSO and Blaise was arrested after refusing to answer a detective’s questions. Montgomery is facing charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, victim less than 12; lewd and lascivious molestation, victim less than 12 and child neglect. She is being held in the Lake County Jail on no bond. Blaise is facing charges of sexual battery on a child under 12 — a capital felony punishable by mandatory life; lewd and lascivious molestation and lewd and lascivious exhibition. He has been released on $100,000 bond.
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