Man sentenced to 50 years in prison for molesting a child

Man sentenced to 50 years in prison for molesting a child

CHARLOTTE, NC (Joe Marusak/The Charlotte Observer) - A Carrollton, Ga., man was sentenced Friday to at least 50 years in prison after a Mecklenburg County jury found him guilty of molesting a child for more than a year, District Attorney Andrew Murray said.

Martinez, 26, was found guilty of four counts each of indecent liberties with a child and sexual act by a substitute parent and two counts each of rape of a child and sexual offense with a child.

Jesus Martinez Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office

Prosecutors said Martinez began sexually assaulting the victim – his girlfriend's daughter – when she was 6 years old.

In May 2014, the girl's mother became suspicious and asked her daughter whether Martinez had touched her. When her daughter confirmed she had been molested, her mother called Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, prosecutors said.

The girl "showed immense bravery under difficult circumstances by taking the stand to testify," Murray said in a statement. "Her testimony and the testimony of experts from Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center and the Pediatric Resource Center were critical in order to secure this conviction and protect other children from harm."

Martinez was the fourth person convicted of sex assault by Murray's office since August:

?  Clairy Kanyinda Mbaya, 26, was sentenced to at least 50 years in prison after he was found guilty of raping a 15-year-old girl in 2014.

?  Frederick Eugene Sullivan, 44, was sentenced to at least 36 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in 2013.

?  Drayton Lamar Thompson, 45, was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of raping three Charlotte women in 1991.

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