Webb County Judge Danny Valdez said Montemayor has done a lot of good things for his precinct and that he was shocked when he found out about the arrest. Montemayor's attorney said the charges against his client are merely allegations.
Mike Montemayor took office as commissioner of precinct one in January of 2013. Now, he's charged with two counts of bribery. Oscar Vela is Montemayor's attorney. He said they'll fight the charges.
"Merely is a claim that the government is raising against Mr. Montemayor. He has a right to a jury trail, a jury of his peers to decide whether the evidence is true. If the government can't prove their case then this is nothing more than an allegation. My client is presumed innocent, he is cloaked with a robe of innocence and we look forward to fighting the charges."
We tried contacting Commissioner Montemayor, but our phone calls were not returned. Montemayor did, however, take to social media to make a statement. This is exactly how his posting appeared, on Facebook:
“As my attorney says, ‘cases are won in the courtroom.’ Joe Becerra. So today let u know that there is more to the story. A lot more. I wish I could say more but I can't. I have a great team of attorneys and I am confident that all this will turn out for the best. The media can say what they want but I will have my day in court. I will always walk with my head up. No matter what! Thank you all for your support and as I said, I will have my day in court. Thank you Oscar Vela and Joe Becerra and your team of attorneys. I know I will be ok.”
Current Webb County Judge, Danny Valdez, spoke out about commissioner Mike Montemayor being arrested. He said with all the work Montemayor has done for his precinct, he was shocked to hear that he was arrested.
"I was surprised when I first heard about it. I was in shock. It's unfortunate again because Webb County is in the public's eye in the state of Texas. But he's presumed innocent until proven guilty so he is going to have his day in court and we will see what happens from there. We always have to keep in mind, always keep in mind we are under the microscope."
Montemayor is accused of accepting use of a truck valued at $37,000 in exchange to providing government jobs to the truck's owner and his wife. He's also accused of accepting $11,000 in cash, as well as electronics, in exchange for promoting the interests of one businessman. The FBI said that "businessman" was actually an undercover law enforcement agent. He is scheduled to be back in court, Wednesday, for arraignment.