The Oklahoma City police sergeant who was honored last year for selfless dedication to children sexually abused four teenage boys in his care, prosecutors alleged Friday in a 37-count criminal charge.
Maurice A. Martinez, 44, also violently struck one of those boys in the head, prosecutors alleged in the charge. Police reported finding a video of that blow on the officer's computer.
The veteran patrol officer is being held without bail in the Oklahoma County jail. Martinez has been under investigation since January when one teenager — an adopted son — told elders at his church he had been molested.
Defense attorney Irven Box said, “We, after four months, finally have definite times, places and alleged victims identified, so we'll start preparing a defense.”
The attorney said he will seek to have Martinez released on bail.
Martinez has been a foster parent for 11 years and “has had numerous boys under his care during those years,” police reported. The Department of Human Services has said Martinez cared for about 60 foster children.
He adopted some of the boys, police said.
Martinez faces 32 felony counts of sexual child abuse. He faces three other felony counts — threatening a witness, child pornography possession and child abuse.
He faces two misdemeanor counts — harboring an endangered runaway child and conspiracy to obstruct an officer.
Most of the sexual abuse counts involve the adopted son who first reported being molested. Prosecutors alleged that adopted son was sexually abused 23 times since Aug. 15, 2009. Prosecutors also alleged Martinez made threats this month to keep the adopted son from testifying.
The teenager was found April 14 with a family in Tooele, Utah. Police reported Martinez gave the teenager $400 in March to go to Utah on a bus. Police reported Martinez forced the teenager to make a video and to sign a letter recanting the accusations.
Prosecutors and police identified the other sexual abuse victims as two other adopted sons and a former foster son.
Some of the offenses date back to 2008 and 2006, prosecutors alleged.
Prosecutors said a major break in the difficult investigation came April 14 when the former foster son came forward because of concerns Martinez was going to hurt his chief accuser, the adopted son who first reported sexual abuse.
Martinez was rearrested April 15 because of the new information.
The former foster son, now 21, told police he witnessed Martinez sexually abuse three adopted sons “all while they lived with Martinez in Oklahoma City,” police reported.
The former foster son also said Martinez molested him, too, while he was in foster care there, police reported.
The former foster son said he traveled with Martinez this month to Tooele, Utah. He told police that he slept on a couch there, but Martinez and his chief accuser “slept in a bedroom behind a locked door together,” police reported.
Police reported the former foster son and another witness said Martinez had threatened to kill his accuser numerous times. Police reported the two also said they heard Martinez threaten to kill a church elder, police detectives “and anybody who ‘snitches' on him.”
“The threats were detailed as to shooting them and or putting a bullet in their head,” police reported. “Martinez has also made numerous statements … he would also take his own life.”
Police reported the former foster son also said he was offered a down payment on a car if he would lie to police and claim he was the one who looked up the child pornography found on the officer's computers.
In a court affidavit, police reported five boys related how they were physically abused by other boys in the home, but the officer would do nothing. One boy told police he was kicked, punched and “made by the other foster kids to run around naked,” police reported. Another boy said other boys hit him and tied him to a bed.