The New Mexico Department of Corrections announced Saturday evening the arrest of a 21-year-old Española man the department says sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.
Department spokeswoman Cristina Rodda states in an email that Leo Jeremy Martinez was at a probation meeting Friday in Española when he received a text message. His probation officer looked at it and realized the message was from a 13-year-old girl.
That girl was later interviewed by authorities and told them Martinez raped her, an allegation Martinez may have admitted to according to the following news release sent out by the DOC Saturday night:
Probationer Leo Jeremy Martinez, 22, was arrested Friday by a Probation and Parole officer for the sexual assault of a child.
“I am very pleased with the truly outstanding work of the Probation and Parole Officer involved in Martinez’ arrest on Friday. For the second time in less than a week, the diligent work of officers out of our Española Probation and Parole office impacted a child’s safety. This is another example of the commitment of the men and women of the Probation and Parole Division to pursue public safety.” — Gregg Marcantel, Secretary of the New Mexico Corrections Department
On Friday February 24, 2012, at approximately 8 a.m. probationer Martinez reported to the Adult Probation and Parole Office in Española for his bi-weekly report. While speaking to a probation officer Martinez received a text on his cell phone. The probation officer took the phone and looked at the text messages. The officer noticed inappropriate texts with what appeared to be an under-age female.
The 13-year-old girl was subsequently located. During a subsequent interview of the 13-year-old she accused Martinez of rape.
Martinez was arrested and he admitted to forcing himself on the minor child. He will be charged accordingly.
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Prior history: On November 30, 2011, Probationer Martinez appeared before the Honorable Stephen Pfeffer for the charges of Resisting or Obstructing an Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting or Obstructing, all Misdemeanor offenses. He was granted a Suspended Sentence and placed on supervised probation for a period of (3) three years.
Probationer Martinez had been reporting as directed and had not violated his probation to date.