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Accused Oklahoma City officer maintains innocence, says police botched investigation

Oklahoma City police Sgt. Maurice Martinez said Thursday he's innocent of the sex crimes allegations against him and said investigators botched the investigation.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Modified: January 28, 2011 at 11:15 am •  Published: January 28, 2011
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Oklahoma City police Sgt. Maurice Martinez says allegations of sexual abuse against him are unfounded and the police investigation was botched.


He said he feels like his work as a patrol officer and foster parent have gone down the drain.

“From the get-go, it seems like two-year, rookie cops are actually investigating,” Martinez told The Oklahoman on Thursday. “Security guards could probably do better. Basically, it's a fiasco.”

Martinez, 44, spoke publicly Thursday for the first time since investigators arrested him Jan. 19 on sex abuse complaints. A 16-year-old told women at his church that Martinez had abused him.

Martinez's family gave police a video that purportedly shows the accuser recanting his story, defense attorney Irven Box said.

The video shows a boy saying he lied to investigators when he accused Martinez of abusing him. He said he lied because he was angry and that he regrets his actions.

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