Martinez Back In Court Seeking Charges To Be Dropped

Wednesday, August 31st 2011, 11:08 pm
By: News 9

Adrianna Iwasinski, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A former Oklahoma City police officer who had several charges against him dropped last week was back in court Wednesday.

Maurice Martinez now only faces 12 of the 37 counts he originally was charged with, and his attorney is trying to get the judge to throw out the rest, saying they are baseless accusations.

Most of the charges involve sex crimes against children--those children being some of Martinez's adopted and foster sons.

Martinez strode into court to face the judge on the amended charges and to see if he would dismiss any of the other charges.

His attorney is also trying to get the judge to consider their request for a bond to be set, now that most of the counts against Martinez have been dropped.

"It is very frustrating for my client to be sitting in jail when we know these young men are willing to come to court and testify that nothing happened," said David Slane, one of Maurice Martinez's attorneys.

Martinez is accused of sexually abusing four of his adopted sons and is a former foster parent of the year.

One foster son testified he witnessed the sexual abuse of one of those adopted sons.

But the original accuser has recanted his story both on video and in court saying he made it up and that it never happened.

His family continues to stand behind him.

"He is innocent of all the charges," said Lisa Leeper, Martinez's older sister. "We stand by him and continue to stand by him. I hope the judge decides to grant him bail and ultimately throw out the rest of the charges."

A bond hearing has been set for Sept. 19th.

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