ABILENE, Texas - An Abilene man accused of sexual assault of a child says he will not be accepting any plea deal from the state for a lesser charge because he believes he committed no crime.
The state says Sonny Martinez molested a near-14-year-old girl when he was 17. But she’s now his wife and the mother of his two children. We told you her story back in August, as she begs the state to drop charges.
When they met, Kimberly was already pregnant, but the two continued to date. Kimberly says her mother had been going through a drug problem and would severely beat her. Martinez had his mother to take custody of Kimberly and her newborn daughter before Child Protective Services split them up.
Before things could ever go to court, Kimberly aged out of the state’s custody and she remained with the Martinez family. The two married in 2015, and life went on.
Sonny and Kimberly were celebrating the arrival of their second child in August of 2017 and were going to pick up some food when they were pulled over for a traffic violation, and suddenly their past was back to haunt them.
Before she aged out of CPS, Kimberly’s mother reported Sonny to authorities because he was three years older and dating a minor. However, Sonny had no idea there was a warrant out for his arrest because the warrant had been sealed.
When officers pulled him offer, both he and his wife had a gut feeling and knew what the arrest was about.
Sonny spent a few days in jail before his family could bond him out. They believe that thanks to a KTXS story, their bond was made more affordable.
But now Martinez says the state wants him to accept a plea deal – a prospect made more difficult by the loss of his court-appointed attorney. It turned out that his lawyer had also advised Kimberly’s mother when she filed the charge. Martinez says he won’t accept it.
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