Mass. court officer charged with raping shackled female inmate

March 5th, 2015 by Staff

Martinez (left) is charged with three counts of rape and four counts of indecent exposure.


(WCVB5.COM) LAWRENCE, Mass. – A Lawrence District Court officer is accused of raping a female inmate several times while she was shackled.
Jose Martinez, 46, was charged with three counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault and battery Wednesday following an investigation by the Massachusetts State Police.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Erin Bellavia said the victim told a New Hampshire Department of Corrections official of the alleged rapes in December 2014.

“The defendant led her into the transport elevator and removed her handcuffs. The shackles remained on. He led her into the elevator and began to kiss her,” prosecutor Erin Bellavia said. 

Prosecutors allege Martinez raped the victim on three separate occasions when she was appearing in Lawrence District Court on various charges in July 2009, September and October 2014.

In each instance, the defendant brought the alleged victim to areas in the courthouse with limited access where he allegedly raped her while her legs were shackled, officials allege.

Martinez’s wife and children were in court as his attorney vigorously denied the claims calling his client a good man.

“Thank God there’s surveillance. The eye in the sky will give lie to this tale. This did not happen,” defense attorney Benjamin Duggan said.

Martinez was held on $40,000 bail and ordered him to stay away from Lawrence District Court, except for court appearances.


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