Accused ex-cop digging for records
MONROE — Former Monroe police sergeant Carols Martinez, who was charged with multiple sex crimes against a minor last year, appears to be digging for records.
A broad Monroe Public School District public records request was filed by Martinez on June 25 characterized by the district as asking for the following items: “All district rules. Policies and procedures for the district’s drivers education program in effect for school years 2002-2004. To include, but not limited to student requirements for eligibility and participation. List of district employees who taught the class for years 2002-2004.”
The request showed up in a district-created list of all records requests filed to the district during the last school year.
Martinez was charged Aug. 30, 2013 with rape, voyeurism, child molestation and possession of sexually explicit images of a minor he met through his work as a drug education officer in the schools.
He plead not guilty to the charges in September 2013. Bail was set for Martinez in the amount of $50,000 that same month.
Martinez is a former sergeant with the Monroe Police Department. He left the department in 2009 amid an internal investigation into allegations he was involved in a domestic violence dispute with his wife.
Martinez met the teenage girl he is accused of abusing through his work as a drug education officer in the Monroe School District.
She was 14 when the relationship began under the guise of a mentor-mentee relationship. The girl babysat his kids and sometimes spent the night at the defendant’s house, charging papers say.
The girl, when she was 24, told police the two would have sex while Martinez was on duty as a Monroe police officer, charging papers say.
The relationship lasted 10 years until the woman was 24. She went to police in Texas in November 2011, where she and Martinez had been living together for two years.
The district’s records request list appears to be a standard list of requests filed.
The most time-consuming requests last year came from someone researching the harassment of a sudent, which cost the district $1,400 in manhours, a request from the Washington Coalition for Open Government asking for records of the district discussing the cost of providing and responding to public records -- which cost the school district $1,500 in manhours -- and a research company’s request for any complaints on the WAVA online learning program.