Fernando Martinez of Yuma Arizona Charged with 8 Counts of Child Molestation

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A criminal complaint was filed Monday in Yuma Justice Court against a Yuma man who allegedly arranged sexual relations between his son and a 12-year-old victim, charging him with eight felony offenses.

During what was a brief hearing, Fernando Martinez Sr., 35, was informed that the Yuma County Attorney’s Office had charged him with two counts of molestation of a child, two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child and two counts of furnishing harmful items to minors.

Martinez, who was arrested on Thursday, was also informed that he had been charged with one count of luring a minor for sexual exploitation and one count of transporting persons for purpose of prostitution or other immoral purposes. He remains in custody on $250,000 bond.

Yuma County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Alfonzo Zavala said that on Sept. 19, 2013, the sheriff’s office received a report of the possible sexual abuse of a child after the victim’s mother reported the incident to a school official.

Zavala said the school official, in turn, passed the information to a Yuma Police Department school resource officer, who then immediately contacted the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s deputies met with the victim’s mother, who reported that her 12-year-old daughter had been lured to the suspect’s home on multiple occasions to have sex with his son.

“The victim and the son were classmates,” Zavala said.

The mother told deputies that she had sent her daughter to Mexico to be with family due to the incidents. Zavala said deputies then advised her that in order to continue with the investigation, her daughter needed to return from Mexico so that she could be interviewed.

“The mother informed us that her daughter would be staying in Mexico until the following school year,” Zavala said. “She wanted to get her daughter away from Yuma.”

Zavala said on July 15 the mother contacted the sheriff’s office and informed investigators that her daughter had returned to Yuma.

When interviewed by investigators the victim said the suspect had encouraged her to have sex and become pregnant by his son. She also stated that the suspect would call her and give her advice on sexual positions to perform on his son.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact YCSO at 928-783-4427, or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.

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