Anthony J. Martinez was indicted last week on a 2nd-degree felony count of criminal sexual penetration for allegedly performing oral sex on a teen boy he met through the church youth-ministry group of which he was the volunteer coordinator.
Martinez, 34, was arrested Nov. 23 by state police on the charge, served six days in jail before posting bond and he’s been out on GPS monitoring since. His case has now shifted from Santa Fe County Magistrate Court to State District Court, as is customary for all felony crimes.
Martinez volunteered to run the EDGE youth ministry at Santa Maria de la Paz for two years and is alleged to have also served alcohol to teen boys and approached them (criminal solicitation charges) about performing sex acts.
Here are the charges the grand jury indicted him on:
- Criminal sexual penetration
- Contributing to the delinquency of a minor
- Selling or giving alcohol to a minor (2 charges)
- Criminal solicitation (2 charges)
All counts are felonies.
While NM State Police said initially in November, that other charges were forthcoming as other victims were coming forward, the indictment returned last week indicates that, for now, the charges are in line with the original ones filed by state police.
Here are two past stories on the case:
The Nov. 24 article has comment from Fr. Adam Lee Ortega y Ortiz of Santa María de la Paz Catholic Community and also from the archdiocese. Martinez did pass all background checks before being allowed to be a volunteer and none of the alleged crimes took place on church grounds or at a church event.