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Man sentenced in child sex abuse case

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A Roswell man accused of sexually assaulting a child on numerous occasions was recently sentenced to more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty to multiple criminal counts.

Judge Dustin K. Hunter of New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District sentenced Jared Martinez, 23, to 21 years in prison during a July 17 change of plea hearing in Chaves County, court documents state.

Of the 21-year sentence, nine were suspended. Upon completion of his 12-year term at the New Mexico Department of Corrections, Martinez will be on supervised probation for a period of five to 20 years and on parole for anywhere from five years to the remainder of his natural life.

He will begin his sentence with 432 days of credit for time served.

Martinez, at the July 17 hearing, formally changed his plea from not guilty to guilty on one count of criminal sexual contact with a minor, child under 13 and unclothed, as well as two counts of criminal sexual penetration in the third degree.

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The two counts of criminal sexual penetration in the third degree were reduced from an initial first-degree charge, in exchange for Martinez changing his plea to guilty. As part of the agreement, two additional charges of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree were dismissed by the prosecution.

Martinez was arrested May 3, 2019 on the charges after allegations surfaced he had sexually abused the alleged victim once every three to four weeks while the parents were either out of the house or asleep, according to court documents. The victim also alleged Martinez had forced him to watch pornography with him.

The allegations came to light after the alleged victim was found with a knife at school. He later said he had the knife because he needed it to protect himself from Martinez who was sexually abusing him.

Martinez, according to the affidavit, had at one point before his arrest, told the boy’s mother and stepfather that he had engaged in sexual activity with the boy and that he was drunk and high when he did so.

Martinez has been in prison since May 6, 2019 without bond after District Judge James Hudson granted a motion by the District Attorney’s office for Martinez’s pre-trial detention.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com