OKC Sgt. In Jail, Charged With 36 Felonies
Maurice Martinez Charged In Adopted Children Sex Abuse
OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City police sergeant was in jail Friday night and officially charged with 36 felonies and one misdemeanor for the alleged sexual abuse of several children.
Sgt. Maurice Martinez has been under investigation since January, when six of his adopted children were taken into state custody. He was arrested and a search warrant executed on their home.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Martinez was abusing children as young as 12.
Investigators said the behavior went on for years, but the officer was repeatedly allowed to adopt children and bring them into his home.
Investigators said Martinez had several images if children on his iPhone and computer. They said he kept his phone locked all the time and only allowed the children to use the phone in his presence.
According to court documents, he allowed his adopted children to physically abuse each other and never notified the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Investigators said they seized videos from his home showing children getting "pummeled by other children" and "hit over the head by Martinez." A child said he had "food poured on him" and he was "locked outside," police said.
Since the investigation and Martinez's first arrest in January, police said he has accused of intimidating witnesses from cooperating with police, conspired with a teenager to break into his home and steal evidence before police could seize it and gave $400 to another victim to send him on a bus to Utah to obstruct the investigation.
Martinez was booked into jail on April 15. He is still in jail, and a bond has not been set.
Martinez is charged with 32 counts of sexual abuse of a child, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of child abuse, among other charges.