Brent Watkins Montgomery

Brent Watkins Montgomery

A 34-year-old Santa Barbara man is due back in court later this month to face felony charges including rape, kidnapping and stalking stemming from an alleged domestic-violence attack.

Brent Watkins Montgomery is accused of the July 2 rape of a woman described in court documents as Jane Doe.

He also has been charged with forcible sexual penetration by a foreign object, kidnapping, stalking, and child abuse likely causing great bodily injury or death, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department has released no details about the incident, revealing only that it occurred in Goleta.

Montgomery was arrested on a warrant on the afternoon of July 7 in a vehicle on the 4700 block of Calle Real, not far from the Sheriff’s Department headquarters.

He initially refused to exit the vehicle, but was taken into custody without incident after a standoff with deputies, sheriff’s spokeswoman Raquel Zick said. 

In addition to the felony counts, Montgomery is facing charges of contempt of court for violating a domestic-violence protective order, and possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine.

In convicted, the felony charges against Montgomery would count as a second strike under the state’s Three-Strikes law.

Montgomery appeared in Superior Court in Santa Barbara last week for arraignment, and pleaded not guilty to all charges, according to Deputy District Attorney Hannah Meyer.

He is due to return to court on July 27 to set a date for his preliminary hearing.

Montgomery remained in custody Monday at the Santa Barbara County Jail, with bail set at $500,000.

He has a lengthy criminal record, including a 2008 conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, and a 2016 conviction for assaulting a longtime girlfriend.

He has served time in state prison for both crimes, according to court records. 

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