wjz-13 all-news-99-1-wnew 1057-the-fan 1300logo2_67x35

Local

Second Earth Treks Instructor Accused Of Sex Offenses

View Comments
Earth Treks
Derek Valcourt 370x278 Derek Valcourt
Derek Valcourt began working at WJZ in September 2002. His first major...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Orioles Beat Tigers 5-1 To Remain Unbeaten
BALTIMORE (WJZ) --  Brian Roberts hit a three-run homer, Jake Arrieta allowed one run in six innings and the unbeaten Baltimore Orioles thrilled a sellout crowd in their home opener by defeating the Detroit Tigers 5-1 Monday. On a gorgeous afternoon at Camden Yards, the Orioles extended a surprising winning streak that began with a three-game sweep at Tampa Bay. Off to its best start since 1997, Baltimore (4-0) has not yet trailed, hasn't given up more than one run in a game and has outscored the competition 17-4. With the score tied at 1 in the fifth, Felix Pie walked and went to third on a double by J.J. Hardy before Roberts hit a 1-2 pitch from Rick Porcello (0-1) over the wall in right-center. Roberts has Baltimore's only two home runs this season. Nick Markakis followed with his third hit, a double, and Matt Wieters delivered a two-out RBI single for a 5-1 lead. Arrieta (1-0) gave up six hits, walked two and struck out three. Orioles starters have allowed two runs in 26 innings, a 0.69 ERA. Jason Berken followed with two innings of one-hit relief and Koji Uehara pitched the ninth. Will Rhymes drove in the lone run for the Tigers, who arrived after dropping two of three at Yankee Stadium. Detroit doesn't begin the home portion of its schedule until Friday. Porcello yielded five runs, nine hits and a walk in five innings. With a crowd of 46,593 looking on, the Orioles continued their solid play under manager Buck Showalter. Baltimore went 34-23 after Showalter took over last year, and the offseason acquisitions of Derrek Lee, Vladimir Guerrero, Hardy and Mark Reynolds have Orioles fans hopeful that the team's run of 13 straight losing seasons will end in 2011. Baltimore went up 1-0 in the second inning when Wieters hit a leadoff double and scored on Porcello's two-out wild pitch. Detroit pulled even in the third. After Brandon Inge doubled and scored on a single by Rhymes, Miguel Cabrera flied out with two outs and runners at second and third. The Tigers got only two runners in scoring position the rest of the way. NOTES: Former Orioles manager Earl Weaver threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Showalter. ... RF Magglio Ordonez started for Detroit after missing Sunday's game with a sore right ankle. He snapped an 0-for-9 start with a fifth-inning single. ... Baltimore is 38-20 in home openers, including 5-0 against Detroit. ... Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was hospitalized Monday with a high fever, putting his scheduled start Wednesday in jeopardy. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — There’s a growing scandal at a popular chain of rock climbing schools.  Another coach is under arrest, charged with sex offenses against a minor.

Derek Valcourt has been following the ongoing investigation at Earth Treks.

It’s the second arrest of a coach at Earth Treks in less than two weeks.  This time, it’s an assistant coach who faces four sex offense charges.

Climbing coach Michael Lyons was arrested in late June after police say he confessed to having an ongoing sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female student at an Earth Treks in Columbia.  Now court documents reveal another Earth Treks coach, Daniel Montague, also had an ongoing sexual relationship with an underage girl he had been coaching.

It’s upsetting news to many Earth Treks climbers.

“Seems like a definite betrayal of trust,” said one.

In the recent case, police say the assaults did not occur at Earth Treks facilities.  Instead, the young victim and her friend made a list of the sexual acts Montague and the young girl allegedly engaged in at the victim’s house while her mother was away for a few hours.

For their part, Earth Treks managers refused to do an on camera interview to talk about either of the coaches they have since fired.  Instead, they issued a written statement.

“We have been aware for several days that these criminal charges were coming, but Howard County Police requested that we remain silent to avoid compromising their ongoing investigation.  With the criminal charges now filed, we have begun the process of notifying the parents and guardians of members of the climbing team.”

Outside of the Columbia facility Tuesday, parents who take their kids to Earth Treks were shocked by the news.

“It makes you worry, but you just gotta keep an eye on your kids,” said parent Chris Teal.  “Be a parent.  Be responsible.  That’s what it’s all about.”

Many of the climbing team parents are so upset by the news that Earth Treks has already held one informational meeting to discuss the case.  Another meeting with team parents is planned for Thursday night in Rockville.

Howard County Police would not talk about Montague’s arrest, citing their ongoing investigation.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus