ORANGE CITY—A 64-year-old Hospers man was convicted Friday, July 12, in Sioux County District Court in Orange City of second-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony.

The case against Michael Dale Montgomery arose in May of 2018 when a child at school reported her grandfather had sexually touched her, according to Sioux County attorney Thomas Kunstle, who prosecuted the case on behalf of the state of Iowa.

A law enforcement investigation revealed the child previously had disclosed the touching to peers and the child’s mother at least two years earlier.

During the investigation, a friend of Montgomery’s confronted him about the allegations, and Montgomery replied he did not do anything the child did not initiate first.

Montgomery was arrested on Sept. 21 by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant issued Sept. 18 on charges of second-degree sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child — permitting or causing a child to fondle or touch the person’s genitals or pubes.

According to court documents, the charges were based on “a minor child reports sexual contact between herself and her grandfather, Michael Montgomery, at least once every month for approximately two years, during the ages of 7 and 8.”

Montgomery was released from jail after his wife, Brenda, posted a cash bond of $3,500 on Oct. 15.

A no contact order with the granddaughter was issued against Montgomery.

Montgomery pleaded not guilty and the case proceeded to a jury trial on Tuesday, July 9.

The jury on Friday, July 12, convicted Montgomery of second-degree sexual abuse, but acquitted him of a charge of lascivious acts with a child.

Montgomery was immediately taken into custody pending the scheduling of a later sentencing hearing.