Judge throws out 23 felony counts in former police officer's molestation case

Maurice A. Martinez still faces 12 felony counts and two misdemeanor counts.
BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Modified: August 24, 2011 at 7:43 am •  Published: August 24, 2011

A judge Tuesday threw out much of the sexual abuse case against a former Oklahoma City police sergeant.

Maurice A. Martinez, 45, smiled as he left the courtroom in handcuffs. He predicted he will be acquitted completely at trial. “It's a good thing,” he said of the judge's ruling.

Oklahoma County Special Judge Larry Jones dismissed 23 of the 35 felony counts that had been filed against Martinez. “Obviously, the judge saw that this case has many problems,” defense attorney David Slane said.

The former officer was charged in April with sexual offenses against four teenage boys who were under his care. He resigned from the police department last month.

The judge dismissed most of the sexual abuse counts because the initial accuser testified Monday he made up the allegations.

Defense attorneys said two of the other boys also now claim nothing sexual happened.

Martinez still faces nine felony sexual abuse counts. He also faces three other felony counts — attempting to prevent a witness from testifying, possession of child pornography and child abuse.

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