DOC: Text message during probation meeting leads to arrest on sex charge

Posted: February 25, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Leo Martinez (Photo courtesy N.M. Dept. of Corrections)

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.


  1. David says:

    Kids today got no good common smarts hardly at all. We was smarter by miles back last centruy. Sure we had mobile telefones by the early nineties, but we knew to leave ’em in the truck at the probation office in case that fifteen year old neighbor called for a joint and a 40. It’s kinda funny seeing these wise-acre whippersnappers slippin’-up on shit they shoulda learnt before dropping out of sixth grade; but sad being how’s their pappy probably checked out too early to help much with P.O. protocol. It’s too late to save this degeneration I reckon.

  2. charles mackentosh says:

    Good job! The NM Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Department have some fine people assigned to the Espanola and Santa Fe Regions. Kudos! Keep it up and take care of our kiddos!

    • non says:

      TOO MANY ?’S IN THIS CASE they have a sign posted no phones so why did they still let him walk in with the phone. and why is this 13 year old out at parties? Where are the parents? Are they even suppose to be in the state? Did she say she was 13 or did she lie about her age? “may have” the PO is psychic he could tell the text was from a minor by just looking at the text Hmmmm.

      • Get It Right says:

        Very sad situation all the way around, In my opinion I believe the act was consensual in nature at first and then the girl had realized that she had allowed things to go a little too far and decided to say it was non consensual when they were caught. After all she is 14 and has a boyfriend with the consent of the mother and If this happened in the home then where was the mother?…where was the so called step father? I am not condoning the act of the 21 year old because after all the girl was only 14 but I think that she should have come clean with the facts! I also believe that Child Protective Services in New Mexico should check on the well being of the rest of the children residing in the home. It is in my opinion that the family should seek help for this girl and be proactive in getting family therapy and take better care of thier kids so this type of incident does not happen again.

  3. pac man says:

    im her boyfriend and wait till he gets out

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