North Idaho

Car dealer jailed for assaulting woman who responded to job ad

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A Spokane man has been jailed in Kootenai County for assaulting a woman who responded to an ad for his car dealership looking for a secretary.

Monte Masengale, 77, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and one year of unsupervised probation for the October 2012 incident. Masengale, according to the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office, placed an ad in the Spokesman-Review looking for a secretary.

Masengale, the owner of Greenacres Motors, met with the woman at his dealership in Spokane Valley and, saying he wanted to show her the RVs at his dealership in North Idaho, drove the woman to that car lot in Post Falls.

During the drive he mentioned he was looking for more than a secretary; he said he was looking for a companion as well.

When they got to the car lot he went into an RV and once the woman was inside he hugged her, began kissing her and put his hand underneath her clothes. He told her he wanted to have sex with her but the woman refused. He took her home and she promptly called the Spokane Police Department, who told her to call authorities in Idaho as the incident happened there.

In 2013, Masengale was sentenced to two days in jail and monitoring with an ankle bracelet after he was found guilty of fourth degree assault with sexual motivation for trying to kiss and hug another woman who responded to a similar ad.

First District Magistrate Scott Wayman reviewed Masengale's previous conviction in Spokane County as well as another ad, posted just four days prior on Craigslist asking for an office assistant, and sentenced Masengale to 30 days in jail, 150 days in jail suspended and unsupervised probation for a year.

"Isolating a victim and engaging in this type of conduct is dangerous and traumatizing," Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh said in a written statement. "One experience like this can scar a person for life. Judge Wayman's jail sentence and probation term are appropriate in this case."

A KXLY article about Masengale's arrest in 2012 noted Greenacres Motors had an 'F' rating with the Better Business Bureau with seven complaints lodged against the dealership in the last three years, none of which the business ever responded to.