Cass County Courthouse

PLATTSMOUTH – A former Cass County resident who owes thousands of dollars in unpaid child support accepted a plea deal with local prosecutors Monday morning.

Ruben Montoya Jr., 33, appeared in Cass County District Court for a plea hearing. Montoya pled guilty to one Class I misdemeanor charge of attempted criminal non-support/violation of court order. The state had originally charged him with six felony counts of criminal non-support.

Deputy County Attorney Richard Fedde told the court Montoya had appeared at a Cass County District Court hearing in June 2011 regarding support payments for one child. The court had ordered Montoya to pay $215 per month.

Fedde said Montoya had failed to make many of those required payments. He said Montoya currently owed $13,325 in unpaid child support.

Montoya previously lived in Nebraska but now resides in the Des Moines area. The court ordered him to return to Cass County for a sentencing hearing Dec. 26.

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