A former Oklahoma City police sergeant accused of molesting his three adopted sons pleaded guilty Tuesday to multiple sexual abuse charges and was sentenced to two years in the county jail.
Maurice A. Martinez, 46, of Oklahoma City, avoided a trial and potentially a lengthy prison term by reaching a deal with prosecutors that includes two years of house arrest when he is released from jail and 25 years' probation, court records show.
With credit for time served, Martinez likely will be out in a year. Prosecutors said the plea bargain came after it became clear witnesses were reluctant to testify against him.
Martinez pleaded guilty to 12 felonies, including nine counts of sexual abuse of a child, and one count each of attempting to prevent a witness from testifying and possession of child pornography and child abuse, records show.
He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of harboring a runaway and conspiracy to obstruct an officer.
Martinez also waived his right to appeal or seek commutation, parole or pardon, and agreed not to seek employment as a law enforcement officer or care for children, prosecutors said.
He also will have to register as a sex offender.
Neither Martinez nor his attorney, David Slane, would comment outside of court.
The ex-officer and foster parent took care of dozens of boys over the years. He was charged in April 2011 with sexual offenses against four teenage boys who were under his care. He resigned from the police department in July 2011.
Martinez had been out on bail before admitting his guilt to Oklahoma County District Judge Donald L. Deason on Tuesday. He was led away in handcuffs after the proceeding.
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