Harris County preacher sentenced following years of sex abuse allegations by teens and at-risk youth

5/20/2022 7:15:00 AM

A jury sentenced a Harris County preacher on Wednesday to at least 15 years for sexually...

A jury sentenced a Harris County preacher on Wednesday to at least 15 years for sexually abusing a young neighbor whose parent he befriended during Bible study.

A jury sentenced a Harris County preacher on Wednesday to at least 15 years for sexually...

of 4 Charles Martinez acknowledges a person in the audience at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse 174th District Court, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in Houston.May 19, 2022 10:51 AM CDT by ABNER, DARNELL – Recieving Stolen Property 1st BARNES, KAVON – Robbery 1st BELL, WESLEY – Unlawful Distrib-Furn Controlled Substance BIRDWELL, ROBERT – Theft of Property 3rd BRAZERY, QUISHAUN – Recieving Stolen Property 1st BROWN, EDWARD – On Loan from DOC CALHOUN, MICHAEL – Robbery 1st CHARLES, DAVID – Theft of Property 1st GRIFFIN, CALVIN – Robbery 1st HAYES, MARKESE – Destruction of Property By Inmate HUMPHREY, ERIC – Assult 2nd (Prevent Police Officer) IVY, KENYA – Recieving Stolen Property 1st JACKSON, JATARRI – Robbery 1st JENKINS JR, ELIJAH – Possesion of Marijuana 1st Degree JOHNSON III, ROBERT – Shooting or Discharging Weapon into Occupied Building or Vehicle LACY, DEMARIO – Unlawful Possesion of COntrolled Substance LAWRENCE, DEMETRIUS – Violation Domestic Violence Protect Order LEE, TAIWAN – Theft of Property 3rd MACKEY, ROBERT – Burglary 3rd Dwelling MADDOX, SUMMER – Parole Violation MEADOWS JR, DENARVEST – Attempted Murder MORRIS, A’RYA – Arson Fisrt Degree OATES JR, HARRY – Theft of Property 1st OUW, HAPPY – Theft of Property 1st OWENS, ALMENDARIOUS – On Loan from DOC PORTIS, TRE’DARRIUS – Capital Murder PUGH, JUSTIN – Criminal Trespass III ROBINSON, DEVONTE – Recieving Stolen Property 1st ROWLEY, ERYKAH – Arson First Degree RUDOLPH JR, JACK – Robbery 1st SIMMONS, LEONISE – Auto Burglary SMITH, CHRISTOPHER – DUI THOMPSON, JUQUINCY – Break-Enter Vehicle TURNER JR, WILFRED – TOP1 TURNER, OLIVER – By Order of Court WAITS, RICHARD – By Order of Court WHITE, ALEXIS – Robbery 2nd WILKINS JR, TYRONE – Parole Violation WILLIAMS, DEMETRIOUS – Criminal Mischief 1st WINGFIELD, MYLES – Rape 1st Check out the Montgomery County Mugshots from 5/1-5/15! All are innocent until proven guilty.is now investigating a shooting between two groups of teenagers, they say knew each other.He is expected to survive.

Martinez is expected to be sentenced on Wednesday, in connection to a 2015 sexual assault of an intellectually disabled adult.Martinez was previously charged in 2001 out of Brazoria County for abuse at a ranch for troubled children.Marie D.m.De Jesús, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer Show Less A jury sentenced a Harris County preacher on Wednesday to at least 15 years in prison for sexually abusing a young neighbor whose parent he befriended during Bible study.Before the conviction, Charles Martinez had faced decades of allegations at Houston schools and at his Brazoria County ranch, including charges he’d groomed young girls on the phone, sexually abused children and later raped a teenager.Someone possibly fired back at the suspect vehicle, striking a rear teen (possibly 14 yrs) passenger 1/2.

This final complaint ended in the guilty verdict and sentence." Police say the group of teens in the car only made it down the block with flat tires.Prosecutors called Martinez a self-proclaimed evangelist who for decades preyed on children.MORE: ‘I wasn’t a saint:’ Credibly accused Catholic priests find new churches in other countries “He was not employed by any church,” prosecutor Andrew Figliuzzi said.“Throughout this trial, we showed that he was the wolf in sheep’s clothing that the book he preaches from warns us about.She and her four daughters live close to where the shooting happened.” The jury on Tuesday convicted the 60-year-old on two counts of sexual assault of a child.

The assaults began in 2012 and continued at least through 2015, when the girl’s father reported the abuse to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.Judge Hazel B.".Jones will decide Thursday whether Martinez will serve 30 years — 15 years for each count consecutively — or run the punishments concurrently.The victim told authorities that she often helped Martinez take care of his animals and he showered her with gifts, a common practice among abusers that experts refer to as grooming.When the sexual abuse started, he would not wear a condom — telling the child that “he was ‘too old’ for her to get pregnant,” according to court documents.

At the time, Martinez was 51 and the child 14.The first sexual assault happened in a trailer at his ranch and the attacks continued at Martinez’s home, records show.“The defendant had initially drawn her out to his ranch trailer to introduce her to his horses,” according to court documents.During the girl’s counseling session after the initial outcry, she revealed that years prior to her assaults, Martinez had sexually abused her adult sister who is intellectually disabled, according to court documents.The older sister’s allegation prompted a separate charge of aggravated sexual assault of a disabled person.

Investigators learned that Martinez spotted the older sister riding her bicycle in their neighborhood and invited her into his home.He then raped her in a bedroom.He raped the child on more than one occasion, according to court records.The older sister may have been around 14 at the time.On HoustonChronicle.

com: The charge related to the older sister is expected to be dismissed, but the evidence in that case was used in the younger sister’s trial.“We’ve now saved that victim from having to testify under difficult circumstances,” Figliuzzi said.Before the sentencing, Martinez’s mother, Elvira Martinez, paced outside the courtroom.The sentencing was delayed for more than an hour while the court waited for Martinez’s suit to be delivered to the courthouse.During the sentencing trial, the preacher’s mother testified that her son often cares for her.

She was the only witness to take the stand.“He holds out his arm so I can hold onto him — takes me to the grocery store,” the elderly woman said.The judge said Thursday she would consider the prosecution’s request to “stack” Martinez’s sentences, or run them consecutively.Defense attorney Stanley Schneider said he did not think back-to-back sentences would be appropriate and that the judge should not consider testimony from other victims in making her decision.Their charges were not before the jury, he explained.

Martinez posted bond after his April 2015 arrest but returned to jail on multiple occasions for bond violations related to missing curfew and dead batteries in his ankle monitor.Martinez’s arrest in 2015 followed years of allegations from youth in Houston and Brazoria County.A Brazoria County grand jury in 2001 indicted him following claims that he abused children at his Brazosport ranch, which he billed as a faith-based refuge — on 2 acres — for at-risk youth.A jury convicted Martinez on those charges and he was sentenced to prison.The verdict, however, was overturned on appeal and he pleaded guilty to a lesser, misdemeanor charge, prosecutors said.

The victims, a boy and girl, were 13 at the time of the abuse.Schneider encouraged the jury to consider that Martinez has never been convicted of a felony offense prior to their ruling.Victims in the Brazoria County case and others testified during the Harris County trial that Martinez had sexually assaulted them in the 1990s and 2000s.Martinez was previously employed as an assistant principal at Edison Middle School in Houston’s East End.He resigned from that position in July 2000 — following years of employment with HISD — after the school initiated an internal investigation into allegations he had been sexual harassing several female students.

Court records indicate that Martinez was suspended in May 2000 following claims of “inappropriate use of district time and resources, unprofessional behavior and attempt to influence a witness.” Documents show Martinez used his position to “promote and facilitate the use of the ‘Mustang Christian Ranch’” — the Brazosport ranch — to Edison students during school hours.In 1994, while a teacher at Shearn Elementary School, he faced claims that he sexually coerced female students, according to HISD memos shared in court records.Prosecutors in this month’s trial told the jury Martinez had been sexually abusing children since the 1990s and that there are likely additional victims who never came to the attention of officials.The preacher often traveled to Haiti and the Philippines for missionary trips , and prosecutors speculated that he may have victimized people while abroad.

nicole.hensley@chron.com.

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A preacher. Smh Proof that the “groomer” talk about teachers is all projection Pure evil. And some folks want to make us a Christian nation ! rolandsmartin Where is fox news rolandsmartin It is despicable that this vile & evil demon has been allowed to victimize so MANY for so LONG! This is where our justice system needs 2 focus more attn on..children are not protected enough in this country! FirstWorldNotSoSafe NotWorldLeadersWhenOurChildrenSuffer

rolandsmartin The worst kind rolandsmartin ¯\\_(ツ)_/¯ No need to ask what political party he's affiliated with. It has become their trademark. Another pedophile hiding behind religion...I never would of guessed that... That’s it? 15 years.

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