CLAYTON, N.M. (KRQE) – A Clayton police officer is out of a job and facing felony charges after investigators say he took flirting with a teen way too far.
It happened last week at Urrutia’s Cafe on Main Street.
According to a criminal complaint, Clayton Montoya, then a police officer with the Clayton Police Department, walked into the cafe and ordered tacos from the 17-year-old waitress. The two were alone together and Montoya, while chatting the teen up, pulled out his taser, turned it on and pointed it at her.
“Officer Montoya was laughing and then pointed the taser away from her and pulled the trigger,” wrote Agent Steven Martinez with New Mexico State Police in a criminal complaint.
Minutes after, Montoya is accused of grabbing the teen by the hips and pulling her onto his lap.
“She stated she felt his gun on her hip and was scared,” Martinez wrote. “[She] stated she was felt very uncomfortable and attempted to get off of Officer Montoya’s lap by standing up. Officer Montoya grabbed her by her hips again and forced her to sit back down on his lap.”
The teen’s mom showed up and, after hearing her story, chased Montoya off.
According to a criminal complaint, Montoya sent the teen a Snapchat message soon after he left that said, “Don’t say anything [please.] I’m going to lose my job…”
Montoya was right. A day after he was arrested on felony false imprisonment and aggravated assault charges, he was fired from his job as a Clayton cop.
“We felt it was in the best interest of our department and our community to terminate his employment,” said Scott Julian, Clayton’s police chief in a phone interview.
Julian says Montoya had only been on the force for about four months. Montoya’s charges carry a maximum sentence of three and a half years in prison.