From story in Tuesday’s New Mexican about the former Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community youth ministry coordinator (the you group’s name is EDGE):
Anthony J. Martinez, the former volunteer coordinator of a youth ministry program at a prominent Catholic church in Santa Fe, pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he had sexual contact with a teenage boy and also contributed to the delinquency of a minor.
In exchange for the guilty plea, which carries up to a 7 1/2-year prison sentence, state prosecutors agreed to drop felony charges of criminal sexual penetration, giving alcohol to a minor and two counts of criminal solicitation.
The 35-year-old former youth leader will not learn whether he will serve any time behind bars — or whether he’ll have to register as a sex offender — until he completes a 12- to 18-month intensive inpatient sex-offender treatment program at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas.
“(My son) will never be able to enjoy his life the way he could have because of Anthony Martinez,” the mother of the boy with whom Martinez admitted having oral sex told the court Monday.
Here is the link to Tuesday’s full story in the paper with plenty of other details from Monday’s hearing:
And here are two past articles on the case:
- Nov. 24: Church youth-group volunteer accused of sex with teen boy
- Jan. 24: Former church volunteer indicted in assault
And as a side note with something that made me shake my head but never found its way into any of the articles I’ve written on the case, I’ve learned Martinez reportedly admitted to police having an armpit hair fetish for teen boys. Not entirely sure what the hell that really even means, but I had to share.