A former all-conference quarterback for Georgetown University is in legal trouble in connection with a criminal probe of a controversial Waldorf-based church that ministers to people with drug and alcohol addictions.
J.J. Mont, who still owns numerous passing and scoring records for the Division 1-AA Hoyas, has been indicted on obstruction charges after authorities accused him of providing fraudulent financial documents to a federal grand jury.
Mont, 31, of Indian Head, is the treasurer for a church whose pastor is under a grand jury investigation for numerous possible violations, including for the breaking of federal bankruptcy laws.
Federal authorities are investigating the pastor of the church, and are trying to determine who has ownership over the ministry's assets and several luxury vehicles including a 2004 Bentley Arnage, a 2004 Maybach 57 S and at least four Mercedez-Benzs, according to the indictment filed in federal court in Greenbelt.
The church was not identified by name in the charging document, but according to bankruptcy court records Mont is the treasurer of the Seed Faith International Church. The church filed for bankruptcy in March 2009.
A judge has allowed Mont to continue to attend services there but he is ordered to avoid contact with its pastor, Robert Freeman, and other top church leaders. Mont was released to his mother's custody in Alexandria. He could not be reached Monday.
Freeman, who calls himself "Dr. Shine," has claimed to treat addicts through the rites of exorcism, and has admitted to striking people who tried to fight back. According to a 2002 newspaper story in the Gazette, Freeman had $900,000 in court judgments against him.
Mont, a graduate of Hayfield High in Alexandria, was a standout football player. He then started for Georgetown in 1998 and 1999 and broke several school records. He led the school to a 9-2 record in 1998, one of the Hoyas' best seasons in 75 years.
He still holds eight individual Georgetown records, including for passing touchdowns in a season, 26, and passing yards in a career, 5,931. In 1999, he was honored as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference offensive player of the year.