Judge denies bail for accused Oklahoma City police officer

An Oklahoma County judge denied bail Monday for Oklahoma City police Sgt. Maurice Martinez, who is charged with sexually abusing his adopted and foster sons.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Modified: May 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm •  Published: May 2, 2011

An Oklahoma County judge called police Sgt. Maurice Martinez a man with nothing to lose who stands “a strong likelihood” of being convicted as he denied bail in a Monday court hearing.

District Judge Donald L. Deason rejected defense attorney Irven Box's request to allow Martinez to stay at Martinez's parents' Oklahoma City home under strict supervision while he awaits trial on charges he sexually abused his foster and adopted sons and harbored runaway juveniles.

“The nature of these charges speak for themselves,” Deason said.

Accuser threatened

Oklahoma City police detective Priscilla Helm testified Monday that Martinez has threatened his accusers, witnesses, people who reported the accusations to police, state Department of Human Services personnel and herself.

Martinez told confidants the adopted son who made the allegations that led to his initial January arrest had “a bullet with that child's name on it” and would be found “floating in a river,” Helm told the court.

Martinez, 44, had been free on bail but was arrested a second time in April after authorities found the accuser in Utah.

Police accuse Martinez of buying a bus ticket for the boy, who ran away from DHS custody after Martinez's first arrest. Police say Martinez arranged for the boy to stay with someone Martinez knows.

Martinez had a second runaway juvenile with him when he was arrested in April in a sting, and officers used a Taser on Martinez when he resisted arrest, police reported.

Helm testified Monday that Martinez had been at his parents' house before he was arrested in the early hours of April 15.

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