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Oklahoma City police officer arrested a second time in molestation case

Oklahoma City police have arrested one of their own, Sgt. Maurice Martinez, for a second time. The officer is accused of child molestation.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: April 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm •  Published: April 15, 2011

It is unclear whether the teen found in the car with Martinez on Friday was that same boy and whether he had again escaped from DHS custody. Department of Human Services has declined to comment on the custody status of any of the boys.

The tips Thursday spurred interviews by investigators and led them to the boy who first reported the abuse. He was found in Tooele, Utah, Stewart said. Tooele police have not made any arrests and said Friday they do not think the person who was taking care of the teen knew he was a runaway.

Police in the new arrest added two complaints of harboring a runaway juvenile, seven complaints of sexual abuse by a caretaker, two counts of forcible sodomy and one count of kidnapping to the sex abuse complaints from January.

Investigators set up what Martinez thought would be a meeting with someone early Friday, Stewart said. He said he couldn't elaborate on whom Martinez had been led to think he was going to meet.

Police did not know Martinez would have the boy with him when they pulled him over, Stewart said.

Martinez is being held in the Oklahoma County jail, and bail was denied by a judge on Friday. He is in a cell without other inmates, Oklahoma County sheriff's spokesman Mark Myers said.

Box said he is puzzled by the time between the original arrest in January and the arrest Friday.

“The length of time between his original arrest and today's date is puzzling because of the lag,” Box said.

“As of this minute, I haven't seen one piece of evidence that shows he has committed a crime, but I have not been privy to all the police reports.”

Martinez has denied the allegations behind the January arrest and said police botched the investigation.

The boy found Thursday in Utah is purportedly shown in a series of videos given to police and the news media after the January arrest. In the videos a boy is seen making statements that he lied to investigators when he accused Martinez of abusing him.

Police allege Martinez arranged for those videos and was present when they were taken.

Police in March arrested a man they accuse of breaking into Martinez's house during an overnight break in the January police search of the residence. Investigators allege the man removed evidence and planted evidence at Martinez's behest.

CONTRIBUTING: Staff Writers Nolan Clay, Robert Medley and Matt Patterson