“Our first priority is the safety of these children and we have taken all appropriate steps to ensure their safety,” Powell said. “Until the investigation is complete, no children will be placed in that home.”
Martinez is the only adult living in his home, Stewart said. The 18-year veteran is a patrol officer assigned to the south side of Oklahoma City. Martinez was not married during the years he was an adoptive and foster parent, and he has another adopted son who is now an adult, Stewart said.
There is no DHS rule against placing children in single-parent homes, Powell said.
“We do have a very rigorous background check, reference check and home studies that they must all pass,” she said.
Once children are placed in a foster home, DHS has an ongoing relationship with the foster parents and children, she said.
Martinez will remain on leave pending the outcome of criminal and internal investigations, Stewart said.
Martinez was booked into Oklahoma County jail and later released on $80,000 bail, jail records show. He had not been charged Thursday.
Oklahoma City attorney Irven Box said he will be representing Martinez, but he had not yet spoken to his client Thursday and had no comment.
Martinez did not answer his telephone Thursday.
He was recognized in 2010 by the Foster Care and Adoptive Association of Oklahoma and the state Department of Human Services as one of six resource parents of the year.