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Witness in sex-crimes investigation against Oklahoma City police officer said he feared for accuser's safety

Oklahoma City police Sgt. Maurice Martinez, 44, was arrested again after a witness told police Martinez had sent his accuser — an adopted son — to Utah.
BY NOLAN CLAY Published: April 19, 2011

The Oklahoma City police sergeant suspected of sex crimes against teenage boys under his care threatened to kill his chief accuser, police investigators and himself, police reported Monday.

Maurice Martinez, 44, was rearrested early Friday after a witness reported the threats and revealed the officer sent the accuser — an adopted son — to Utah, police reported. Martinez is being held in the Oklahoma County jail.

The witness “came forward to law enforcement” Thursday “due to very strong concerns for the safety” of the adopted son who made the accusations, Oklahoma City police investigator Rocky Gregory reported in a court affidavit.

Police earlier identified the accuser as a teenager.

The witness said Martinez “has made numerous threats” on the teenager's life “such as he would kill him if he goes down for this,” the investigator reported.

The witness also said Martinez repeatedly talked about killing police investigators in his case and “made numerous statements that he would also take his own life,” Gregory reported.

Authorities Thursday evening found the teenager in Tooele, Utah, where he was living with a family, police reported. The teenager was taken into custody.

Martinez has been a foster parent for 11 years and “has had numerous boys under his care during those years,” police reported in March. He has adopted some of the boys.

He was first arrested in January but was released on bail.

His attorney, Irven Box, said Monday, “We stand ready to defend him, and hopefully we'll finally be able to get the truth out once charges are actually filed.”

The adopted son who made the accusations confided to people at church in January that Martinez molested him, police reported. The teenager eventually also told police investigators he had been sexually abused. He also said sexual abuse was ongoing with other children in the officer's care, police reported. He later recanted those statements.

The teenager was in an Oklahoma County juvenile shelter, but he ran away March 18, police reported.

The new witness told police Martinez gave the teenager $400 and put him on a bus “to hide out” with a family in Utah “the very same day he had been reported as a runaway,” Gregory wrote in the court affidavit.

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