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Foster Child Of OKC Police Officer Accused Of Molestation Testifies


Foster Child Of OKC Police Officer Accused Of Molestation Testifies

Posted: Aug 22, 2011 6:20 PM EDT

Updated: Aug 22, 2011 10:58 PM EDT

Adrianna Iwasinski, News 9

UPDATE: OKLAHOMA CITY -- One of Maurice Martinez's former foster children took the stand at Monday morning's preliminary hearing.

Martinez is the former Oklahoma City police officer who was also awarded a foster parent of the year award. He stands accused of molesting more than one of his adopted sons, and he faces more than 30 felony counts.

During Monday's preliminary hearing, 22 year old Shadow Michael Billings told the court Martinez was like a father to him and that he provided the best foster home he'd ever had. But he did testify he witnessed Martinez performing oral sex on one of his adopted sons and that Martinez would often sleep naked with that teenage boy.

Billings also testified Martinez would offer the boys massages and often cuddled with many of the boys and sometimes touched at looked at him and the other boys inappropriately.

Billings admitted in court that Martinez had also touched him inappropriately. He admitted to be nervous in court and tried to avoid eye contact with Martinez.

Martinez watched his former foster son intently and wrote several notes to his attorney during the hearing.

"Mr. Martinez cannot believe what was happening in the court room, he cannot believe the lies that were been told," said David Slane, Martinez's attorney. "I think he's angry, I think he's frustrated, and one of the notes that he gave to me was ‘where in the world would this come from?'"

Assistant District Attorney who was handling this case refused to comment at this time, but just before the court let out, News 9 was told that the adopted son who initially made the allegations against Martinez and prompted the police investigation now denies anything has ever happened to him.

Testimonies will continue Tuesday morning.

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