Former officer charged with sex crimes
MONROE - A former police officer has been charged with multiple counts of sex crimes involving a then 14-year-old girl who was abused by the officer for nearly 10 years.
Carlos Martinez, 58, is charged with three felonies: voyeurism, child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor. The abuse allegedly began in 2003. The girl is now 24.
Police found photographs and video tapes of the girl and other evidence.
Former sergeant Martinez worked at the Monroe Police Department for 20 years and left the department in 2009 amid investigations alleging he was involved in domestic abuse.
Monroe Police Chief Tim Quenzer said Martinez chose to retire from the police force and continue a career in the military in Texas in lieu of facing the allegations and being terminated.
One investigation was being conducted by the Monroe Police Department and the other by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. Both involved domestic abuse of Martinez’s wife at the time, Quenzer said. They are now divorced.
Quenzer, though, never suspected Martinez was involved with sexual misconduct of a minor.
An FBI investigation in San Antonio, Texas revealed that Martinez took sexually explicit pictures of the Monroe girl without her knowledge or consent and continued an improper sexual relationship with the girl for almost 10 years.
The FBI task force arrested Martinez on suspicion of possessing child pornography involving the girl. Investigators in Texas then contacted the Washington State Patrol in March 2012. The investigation in Washington is being led by WSP Lt. Ron Mead.
Mead said he believes there are likely other minors Martinez victimized who have not come forward. He doesn’t know how many there could be.
Martinez was a long-standing friend of the family of the girl who was abused, Mead said.
Martinez was not in custody as of press time but is believed to be in Monroe where he still has a home, Quenzer said.
“He was a very personable type of guy and obviously used that to his advantage,” Quenzer said of the time he worked with Martinez.
During his time in Monroe, Martinez served nine years as the Monroe School District’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer in elementary and middle schools. He was also appointed to the Monroe School Board in 2006.
“I don’t even want to speculate what goes through someone’s mind that does this,” Mead said.
Martinez is set to be arraigned in early August.
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