Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

An Azusa man accused in a sexual attack on a 10-year-old girl was charged Friday with a half-dozen felony counts.

Victor Carnio Martinez, 48, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on one count each of sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child 10 years old or younger, sodomy by use of force on a victim under 14, sexual penetration by a foreign object, sodomy of a person under 14 with at least 10 years difference in age, lewd act upon a child and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime.

Martinez was a friend of the girl’s family, according to Deputy District Attorney Babette Huley.

The girl had allegedly gone with Martinez to get some food Monday.

Martinez allegedly sexually abused the girl as she pleaded with him to stop after driving to the back of a local shopping center.

He also threatened to harm the girl and her family if she told anyone what had happened, then took the girl back to her mother after nearly an hour, police allege.

The girl confided in her mother two days later, and authorities were notified.

Azusa police said a plan was developed to lure Martinez to a shopping center, and he was located within a few minutes of arrival on Wednesday.

“During the initial contact, statements were made by Martinez that confirmed his involvement in this incident. In addition, he was identified by both the 10-year-old victim and her mother,” Azusa police said in a statement.

During the investigation, law enforcement learned that Martinez had allegedly previously molested the girl, according to the prosecutor.

The criminal complaint alleges that two of the crimes — the lewd act count and the dissuading a witness count — were committed between Oct. 1, 2013, and this Oct. 1, while the complaint alleges that the other four crimes occurred Oct. 20.

If convicted as he is charged, Martinez could face up to 37 years to life in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

City News Service

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