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.
Martinez faces two
One foster son testified Monday he saw inappropriate sexual contact between Martinez and other boys in the home. Defense attorneys say the foster son is lying. The judge said Tuesday that will be for a jury to decide.
Much of the testimony Tuesday focused on the hundreds of photos of gay pornography that had been on Martinez's iPhone.
Defense attorneys do not dispute the images were on the phone.
They contend one of his boys is responsible for putting them there.
“Maurice found them. He deleted them,” his attorney said.