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Ricardo Montero heading to trial on rape charges

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 21 2014 11:03:14 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 21 2014 06:02:17 PM CST

A well-known figure in the Latino community in Allentown is heading to trial on rape charges.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

The former owner of 'El Torero' Spanish-language newspaper in Allentown is heading to trial on rape charges.

Ricardo Montero stands accused of raping a 15-year-old girl as she was walking to dance class on North Sixth Street in Allentown on Dec. 5, 2013.

During Friday's preliminary hearing, prosecutors called two witnesses to the stand -- the arresting officer and the alleged victim.

It's 69 News policy to not identify rape victims, but her mother said she's determined to seek justice and is proud of her daughter, who had to testify in front of her alleged attacker in court.

“Finally, I saw a face to the creep that violated my daughter,” said Sharl Morris.

The victim testified that she began taking a dance class on North Sixth Street, near Hamilton, in November. Twice a week, she would walk by the 'El Torero' office on her way to class.

She claimed that, on several occasions, Montero would talk to her and tell her he 'wanted to be her friend' and gave her money.

On Dec. 5, the girl said Montero stopped her as she walked by and dragged her inside his office to an apartment on the second floor, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her and then raped her.

The victim claimed that, before raping her, Montero gave her a bracelet along with $20.

Detective John Buckwalter, with the Allentown Police Department's special victims unit, said Montero admitted to having sex with the girl.

Montero's attorney, however, said his client was unaware the victim was underage.

A trial date has not been set.