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Roberto Santiago Martinez Sentenced to 75 Months in Prison in Child Sex Abuse Case (Photo) - 06/27/19

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On June 7, 2019, Judge Ted Sims sentenced Roberto Santiago Martinez, age 38, to 75 months in prison after he was convicted of first-degree sex abuse. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman.

In August of 2017, a then 11-year-old girl spent the night at Martinez’s home. Early the next morning, she awoke to find Martinez in the bedroom standing over her and touching her in a sexual manner. The victim told at least three other children about the abuse at the time, but it went unreported to authorities for a year. Eventually, the victim was no longer able to conceal her emotional distress and reported the abuse to a school counselor. That counselor then immediately notified the proper authorities.

The victim was interviewed by experts at CARES Northwest where she described the abuse consistent with her original story told a year earlier.

Martinez was already serving a 150-month prison sentence for impregnating a 14-year-old girl in a separate case. The 75 months ordered by Judge Sims will run consecutive to the 150 months previously imposed on Martinez.

Investigators fear there could be other victims who have not yet come forward. Anyone with information about additional crimes committed by Martinez should contact law enforcement.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the bravery shown by the victim in testifying in court. We’d also like to thank Washington County Sheriff’s Detectives Robert Rookhuyzen and Ryan Hickey for their work on this case, as well as CARES Northwest and the Oregon Department of Human Services.

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