The adopted son of a former Oklahoma City police sergeant told a judge Monday he lied when he accused the officer of molesting him.
The testimony came at a preliminary hearing for Maurice A. Martinez, 45, in Oklahoma County District Court. Testimony resumes Tuesday morning.
Martinez is accused in a 37-count criminal charge of sexually abusing four teenage boys while they were in his care. He is being held in Oklahoma County jail. Most of the counts involve the adopted son who now says nothing sexual ever happened.
“Did he do that?” defense attorney David Slane asked, going through the sexual allegations in the charge one at a time.
“Absolutely not,” the witness said repeatedly. “No sir.”
Martinez came under investigation after the adopted son, now 17, told women at his church in January he'd been molested for about a year. He later told police the same thing but then recanted in a video and in a written statement.
The boy took a bus to Utah in March. He was found there April 14 and was returned to Oklahoma. He now lives with a sister. He admitted Monday that Martinez got him the bus ticket.
He said he made up the sexual abuse allegations because he was upset and wanted out of Martinez's home. He said he had been beaten by another of the officer's adopted sons and feared he would be hurt again. He said he was upset Martinez had not disciplined his attacker who gave him a black eye.
He said he slept with Martinez in the officer's bed because other boys in the house picked on him. He said he thought that sleeping arrangement would make his accusations more believable.
He called Martinez “my dad,” and said he now wanted to set things right.
Prosecutor Gayland Gieger said the boy told him before testifying Monday that if he told the truth about what happened it would destroy his family. The boy denied saying that.