Sentencing delayed for former Santa Fe church youth group volunteer in sex abuse case

Posted: August 16, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Anthony J. Martinez (photo courtesy Santa Fe County jail)

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:

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.



  1. Vic Amuso says:

    Well the whole “catholic” thing spells it out. Most people dont know and dont hear about a lot of stuff involving the catholic church. Im sure there in more to this story than just this,and more to this Martinez guys story as well. Read Lucifers Lodge and you will read more about “what you just dont ever hear about”. Priests doing outright horrible things like teaching kids about demons, priests practising satanism raping children. Youll read about “higher ups” in the church moving these preists around and turning a blind eye. I know alot of people will just say “oh they are lying in that book” because they dont want to face the truth. Open your eyes people! I used to be catholic, till I found out the truth. I also used to love the fact that I could be as bad as I could be all week and start a clean slate after confession only to start up again. The beast will wear scarlet and the antichrist, purple….huh …who wears alot of purple?

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