Lady Justice 4 16-9

An Azusa man pleaded no contest Tuesday to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl.

Victor Martinez, 48, entered his plea to one count each of sodomy by use of force on a victim under 14, sexual penetration by a foreign object, committing a lewd act on a child and dissuading a witness, according to Sarah Ardalani of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

He is facing 25 years in state prison, with sentencing set for Jan. 21, according to Ardalani.

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

The girl went with Martinez to get some food Oct. 20 and was driven to the back of a local shopping center, where Martinez sexually abused her as she pleaded with him to stop, then threatened to harm the youngster if she she told anyone what had happened, authorities said.

The girl — who was taken back to her mother after nearly an hour — 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 and made statements “that confirmed his involvement” in the child’s molestation.

Martinez has remained jailed in lieu of $1.2 million bail.

City News Service

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