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16-year-old boy accused Oklahoma City police officer of sex abuse, affidavit says

A 16-year-old boy told people at his church he was being sexually abused by an Oklahoma City police officer before it was reported to authorities, according to a probable cause affidavit.
BY KIMBERLY BURK Modified: May 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm •  Published: January 21, 2011

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.”

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