The Oklahoma City police sergeant suspected of sex crimes against teenage boys under his care threatened to kill his chief accuser, police investigators and himself, police reported Monday.
Maurice Martinez, 44, was rearrested early Friday after a witness reported the threats and revealed the officer sent the accuser — an adopted son — to Utah, police reported. Martinez is being held in the Oklahoma County jail.
The witness “came forward to law enforcement” Thursday “due to very strong concerns for the safety” of the adopted son who made the accusations, Oklahoma City police investigator Rocky Gregory reported in a court affidavit.
Police earlier identified the accuser as a teenager.
The witness said Martinez “has made numerous threats” on the teenager's life “such as he would kill him if he goes down for this,” the investigator reported.
The witness also said Martinez repeatedly talked about killing police investigators in his case and “made numerous statements that he would also take his own life,” Gregory reported.
Authorities Thursday evening found the teenager in Tooele, Utah, where he was living with a family, police reported. The teenager was taken into custody.
Martinez has been a foster parent for 11 years and “has had numerous boys under his care during those years,” police reported in March. He has adopted some of the boys.
He was first arrested in January but was released on bail.
His attorney, Irven Box, said Monday, “We stand ready to defend him, and hopefully we'll finally be able to get the truth out once charges are actually filed.”
The adopted son who made the accusations confided to people at church in January that Martinez molested him, police reported. The teenager eventually also told police investigators he had been sexually abused. He also said sexual abuse was ongoing with other children in the officer's care, police reported. He later recanted those statements.
The teenager was in an Oklahoma County juvenile shelter, but he ran away March 18, police reported.
The new witness told police Martinez gave the teenager $400 and put him on a bus “to hide out” with a family in Utah “the very same day he had been reported as a runaway,” Gregory wrote in the court affidavit.
Police said the new witness once was a foster child in the officer's home. The witness, now 21, told police he saw the officer sexually abuse the adopted son and two other teenagers “all while they lived with Martinez in Oklahoma City,” Gregory wrote.
The new witness disclosed he also was “a victim of sexual abuse by Martinez while being a foster child,” Gregory wrote.
The witness told police he and Martinez drove to Tooele, Utah, earlier this month, according to the affidavit. He told police the teenager was living there in the home of a friend of Martinez. He told police Martinez was paying the friend.
He told police he slept on a couch in Utah, but Martinez and the teenager “slept in a bedroom behind a locked door together,” according to the affidavit.
The witness also told police Martinez took a .38-caliber handgun when they went to Utah, according to the affidavit. The witness said the teenager sent text messages last week that he was scared and wanted to leave the house in Utah, according to the affidavit.
Police reported they arrested Martinez on Friday at SE 44 and Sooner Road after he was led to believe he was going to a covert meeting with the witness. Police said he did not have a gun at the time of his arrest.
District Attorney David Prater said Friday the case against Martinez has improved significantly because of the new information from the witness.
“The activity that will come out … at preliminary hearing will amaze the public,” the prosecutor said, “They will truly see what kind of a person Mr. Martinez is.”
The investigation has had several twists since the officer was first arrested in January.
Police earlier reported they found numerous photos on a computer in the officer's home of children in his care in “various stages of undress.” Several were posing in a mirror, police reported.
Police also reported finding hundreds of photos of homosexual pornography on the computer.