MARTINEZ -- An Antioch couple pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony charges stemming from a police investigation into the sexual abuse of young family members.

A judge has set the preliminary hearing for Johnny and Carol Montanez, both 38, for Aug. 26.

Police have released few details about the criminal case against the couple. Prosecutor Alison Chandler told a Judge Thursday that it involves physical and sexual abuse against multiple generations of the Montanez family, and police are early in the investigation.

Johnny Montanez remains jailed in lieu of $6 million bail, charged with six counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child. Carol Montanez's bail was upped to $40,000 this week after Chandler increased the four counts of child endangerment against both husband and wife from misdemeanors to felonies.

Investigators are asking anyone with information relevant to the case against the couple to call Antioch police at 925-779-6937.

Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com/malaikafraley.



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