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On December 5th,2012,  Montgomery responded to the victim’s residence in reference to a home visit on a case he was assigned involving her son. While at the residence, the victim’s children arrived home from school and Montgomery asked them to leave the residence. Montgomery is then alleged to have told the victim that she “needed” to have sex with him. The victim said no at which time Montgomery said, “Well then I am going to be forced to do what I have to do”. The victim said she felt helpless due to his position with DCF so she did not resist and was sexually battered.

Several weeks later, the victim reportedly got a phone call from Montgomery urging her to immediately return home so he could speak with her in reference to additional information he received from the police. The victim met Montgomery at her residence at which time Montgomery said, “You owe me for getting you out of trouble”. At this point and time, Montgomery sexually battered the victim again.

On September 11, Violent Crimes Detectives interviewed spoke with Montgomery and he denied having any sexual or personal interaction with the victim at any time.

On December 9, detectives received notification from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that DNA evidence found in the victim’s residence matched the DNA profile of Montgomery.

On December 12, 2013, Lakeland Police Department Violent Crimes Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Montgomery. He was arrested by the Bartow Police Department without incident on the behalf of the Lakeland Police Department as he returned to work. Montgomery has been booked into Polk County Jail and charged with:

Sexual Battery (2 Counts), F.S.S. 794.011 (4) G, Felony 1st degree.

Jason Montgomery had been employed by Department and Children’s Family Services (DCF) as an Investigator since 10/14/11.

There Are No Festivities in Jail
Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, be reminded that Lakeland Police will be out this holiday season from December 13, 2013, to January 1, 2014, to arrest anyone caught driving drunk behind the wheel.

The message is simple, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan for a designated driver.

Millions of drivers on America’s highways still think they are invincible, and they choose to jeopardize their safety and the safety of others on our roads. Don’t let your 2013 holiday season end in an arrest or worse, death.

In December, an average of 25 people a day die in drunk driving crashes. That means approximately 775 people aren’t making it home for the holidays. In 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. And, almost 1 out of every 4 cars in fatal crashes during December had a drunk driver. That’s 1 in 4 crashes that were avoidable!

Lakeland Police Department recommends these simple tips for a safe holiday season:

•  Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
•  Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
•  If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
•  If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement; and
•  Remember, Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take that person’s keys and help him or her make other arrangements to get home safely.

Lakeland Police Department’s next Chief’s Chat will be held on Monday, December 2, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Lakeland Police Department, located at 219 N Massachusetts Avenue.  

On November 21st at approximately 10:45 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to Southwest Middle School in reference to a "suspicious male" wearing a backpack that was seen by two students with what appeared to be a gun on the edge of campus. One of the students thought the suspicious male had jumped the fence and was on school property. The school was immediately placed on lockdown and approx. 25 police officers, detectives, traffic enforcement and tactical officers responded to conduct an extensive search of the school. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office also assisted on the perimeter and search.

Shortly after 1:00pm, officers located a BB gun in a residential back yard next to the school were the girls saw the subject. Detectives located the man in his home next to the school and he admitted to having the BB gun outside and stated that he did not point the weapon at any of the students. After re-interviewing the students, officers believe he stayed on his own property and did not cross the fence onto school property as reported. No criminal charges were filed and the school lifted its lockdown shortly afterwards.

School Resources Officers and responding patrol officers utilized the rapid response approach which allows for a faster response to situations where a shooter has entered a school and is attacking students and teachers. Within 10 seconds, a detective advised he was at the school and additional police officers were responding from all specialty units throughout the city. Each responding officer acted swiftly and a command post was established, while maintaining a liaison with the administrators at Southwest Middle School during the lockdown.