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Accused Molester Wins Change of Venue

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LAYTON, Utah (AP) -- A primary teacher accused of sexually abusing children has won his change-of-venue fight.

Yesterday, a judge ruled the trial of Aaron Marcos Montoya will be held in Ogden, rather than Davis County.

Montoya's change-of-venue fight had progressed to the Utah Court of Appeals. However, it was resolved when prosecutors agreed to move the trial out of Davis County to avoid a tainted jury.

Prosecutors said they backed down because an appeals court battle would have taken months.

The 33-year-old Syracuse man is charged with ten first-degree felonies for allegedly molesting nine girls between the ages of three and eleven.

Four counts stem from alleged incidents that occurred while Montoya taught a Primary class last December for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The trial has been set for August 22nd.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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