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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

Martinez's parents sat in the front row of the courtroom gallery during the hearing but displayed little emotion.

Martinez, who was shackled and wearing orange jail-issued clothing, said nothing during the hearing other than whispered comments to Box. In January, he denied the charges against him in an interview with The Oklahoman.

Martinez was returned to the Oklahoma County jail after the hearing. He faces a 37-count indictment in which prosecutors accuse him of abusing the children for years and attempting to hide his accusers from authorities.

‘No proof,' lawyer says

Box argued unsuccessfully that Martinez does not pose a flight risk or a threat to the public, saying the case against his client is based in large part on the statements of others. He said prosecutors' argument that Martinez should remain jailed is based entirely on those statements.

“These are just allegations,” Box said during the hearing. “There has been no proof.”

Helm testified that Martinez went to Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Nevada between his January and April arrests, but she acknowledged the trips were not an effort to avoid prosecution.

Box said after the hearing that the judge's ruling was not a surprise, but he expects some of the charges to be dismissed in an upcoming pretrial hearing.

A pretrial conference is set for May 12.

Martinez remains on paid administrative leave from his job as a patrol officer on the city's south side.

He earned about $76,000 in the 12 months ending in March, city payroll records show, with roughly the last two months' pay during that period coming after his January arrest.

Contributing: Database Editor Paul Monies

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