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DCF Investigator Accused of Sexual Battery

Polk County Sheriff's Office
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

LAKELAND - Police say a Department of Children and Families investigator has been charged with sexual battery. 

According to the Lakeland Police Department, Jason Conrad Montgomery, 27, visited the home of a child he was assigned to on Sept. 5. While at the home, he allegedly asked the children in the house to leave and told their mother she "needed" to have sex with him.

Investigators say the woman resisted but felt helpless due to Montgomery's position with DCF. Police say Montgomery sexually battered her on that and another occasion several weeks later.

"He denied any personal or professional contact with this female whatsoever. Of course we know that's not true because the DNA that came back was found inside the residence," Sgt. Gary Gross told WTSP TV.

Lakeland police interviewed Montgomery and say he denied having any sexual or personal interaction with the victim, but that DNA evidence found at the victim's residence matched Montgomery's DNA profile.

Montgomery is no longer employed with DCF.