An Ohio man whose home was raided by law enforcement for the second time in two years last week has been federally indicted for having “a firearm silencer, a missile warning system and a control countermeasures set display unit,” the Dayton Daily News reported. The silencer wasn’t registered and the other two items were stolen, according to court documents.
Joel B. Montgomery, 48, of Spring Valley, is being held in the Montgomery County Jail and has a Monday detention hearing in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Montgomery is a former Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employee who has twice sued the federal government.
His three-count indictment is tied to the 2015 search warrants — oddly enough — not the Oct. 19. 2017 raid at his residence, the Dayton Daily News reported. “The first count said that on or about June 24, 2015, Montgomery ‘knowingly possessed a firearm — namely, a silencer’ not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record,” the report explained.
“The second count alleges that on Oct. 26, 2015, Montgomery illegally had ‘an AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System’ that had been stolen. The third count also cites Oct. 26, 2015 as the date Montgomery illegally had a “Control Countermeasures Set Display Unit” that had been stolen.”
Each count carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence after conviction.
The 2015 search turned up more than 170 weapons in the house, including some that were fully automatic, according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. Yet no federal criminal charges showed up in publicly available online federal court records, according to the Daily News.
In one of his two federal lawsuits, Montgomery claimed that from 2006 to 2007 he had found “a GPS device underneath his vehicle, a camera in the WPAFB office in which he worked and a bug in his home.”
He sued the government a second time after he said “derogatory information” caused him to be placed on leave without pay and later terminated.
Both suits ended in August of 2014 with “a stipulation of dismissal.”
Montgomery also has “an active appeal” of a lawsuit against Greene County for malicious prosecution.