Jose Martinez a court officer serving the Lawrence District Court has been charged with three counts of rape of an inmate. It is expected that Martinez will be charged with indecent assault and battery in addition to the serious sex crimes. According to various reports the alleged victim in this case was handcuffed at the time of the assault.
Martinez was arrested after an investigation by the Massachusetts State Police. The troopers who investigated Martinez were stationed out of the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.
It is unclear if Martinez has been fired or suspended from his $65,000 a year job. Court officers are also referred to as bailiffs and are responsible for keeping order in the courthouse.
As I have said before sex crimes are some of the most serious crimes a person can be accused of. In this case Martinez could face a lengthy prison sentence and would have to register as a sex offender.
Patrick Donovan is aMassachusetts criminal attorney who has helped many clients defend themselves against sex crimes. Attorney Donovan is a former prosecutor with experience in over fifty courts including Lawrence District Court. If you have been charged with a crime call for a free no obligation consultation.