A 16-year-old boy told three people at his church he was being sexually abused by an Oklahoma City police officer, a probable cause affidavit shows.
Sgt. Maurice Anthony Martinez, 44, was arrested Wednesday on complaints of forcible sodomy and lewd acts with a child under 16 and placed on paid administrative leave from his job as a patrol officer. He has not been charged.
The teen told a police detective he had been made to perform sex acts several times since his 14th birthday, according to the affidavit filed Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court. He also told police he knew of other victims.
Martinez has had about 60 foster children come through his home since 2001, a Department of Human Services spokeswoman said Thursday. At the time of his arrest, he was taking care of three foster sons and three adopted sons between ages 12 and 17 and was the only adult in the home. The boys were placed in state protective custody.
Attorney Irven Box, who is representing Martinez, said he was “very surprised and puzzled why an arrest was made so early.”
Box said the investigation is ongoing, and police were still at Martinez's home Friday.
Support for Martinez “has been pouring in from across the country,” Box said. “We have heard from as many as 26 kids from around the country who were kids that knew him and were foster children in his care.”
Oklahoma City police Lt. Patrick Stewart said Friday that all the boys who had been living with Martinez have been interviewed. Oklahoma City police said they conducted the investigation and made the arrest after a call was placed to DHS.
Last year, Martinez received an award for his dedication as a foster parent.
DHS spokeswoman Sheree Powell said the agency is cooperating with law enforcement and will help track down former foster children for questioning if asked to do so.
Martinez is free on $80,000 bail.