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Police arrest man accused of practicing dentistry on revoked license

By: Jesse Martinez and Bill Melugin

EL PASO, Texas - A man accused of practicing dentistry without a license was arrested Thursday.

Police said one of Richard Montoya's patients filed a complaint with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners on June 3, 2013.

The patient was reportedly unhappy about dental services received from Montoya, police said.

While processing the complaint, the state board discovered that Montoya, 63, had his license revoked on April 15, 2011.

Montoya reportedly continued practicing dentistry with the revoked license and Montoya was arrested at his office at 2407 Yandell Drive, police said.

Witnesses told KFOX14 they saw Montoya handcuffed and on the ground as officers took him into custody.

According to Montoya's disciplinary action records KFOX14 obtained from the TSBDE, Montoya had been reprimanded three times before his license was eventually revoked.

According to the documents, in 1997, the Board found Montoya provided unsatisfactory dental treatment, performed a root canal below their standards, and his license was suspended for two years.

In 2003, his license was suspended again, and he was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 for allegedly not following the corrective action plan in 1997.

In 2006, the Board found that Montoya had fallen below the minimum standard of care, wasn't keeping adequate records, continued to practice dentistry even though his license had expired, and never completed the more than 60 hours of secondary courses required from his prior grievances.

Montoya was ordered to pay a fine of $3,000, and he signed off on the documents.

In 2011, the Board found he violated the terms of his 2006 Board orders by practicing dentistry with an expired license again, but this time, the Board revoked his license, though he apparently never stopped practicing dentistry.

He was booked into the county jail on Thursday and faces six counts of Dentistry Act violation. His bail totaled $30,000.

Montoya posted his bond and was released from jail shortly after being booked.

KFOX14 stopped by his home for a comment. The woman who answered the door said he had nothing to say to us, or his patients.

According to Board records, Montoya also did not have permits for anesthesia, nitrous, and other sedatives.

People who may have been one of Montoya's patients can contact the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners if they have any questions about the case, police said.

Police believe there may be additional charges in this case.