Bail set at $50K for Monroe ex-cop in child-rape case

EVERETT — A former Monroe police sergeant was ordered to post $50,000 bail Monday out of concern that he may again try to track down the woman who alleges he began sexually abusing her a decade ago.

Carlos Martinez, 58, appeared in Snohomish County Superior Court for a hearing about conditions of his release while he awaits trial on six different sex crimes.

Prosecutors asked for $50,000 bail out of concern that Martinez appeared to be searching for the woman who has accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage.

Martinez’s inquiries about the woman’s whereabouts, including a recent attempt to get her address from the state Department of Licensing, led the state to suspend his private investigator’s license in July.

The case against Martinez alleges that in 2003 he began a sexual relationship with a then-14 year old girl. At the time, Martinez was a Monroe police officer and had earlier taught drug education in the girl’s fourth- and fifth-grade classes.

Prosecutors allege that Martinez groomed the girl for abuse. On Aug. 30, they charged him with multiple sex crimes, including child rape, molestation and voyeurism.

He pleaded not guilty, and insisted that the sex only began after the girl reached 18.

The Washington State Patrol began investigating Martinez in March 2012 after it was contacted by an FBI task force based in San Antonio, Texas. Martinez was arrested there on suspicion of possessing child pornography involving the same girl, but charges were never filed. Now 24, she told investigators that the pair would sometimes have sex while Martinez was on duty.

In court on Monday, public defender Sarah Silbovitz, told the Judge Anita Farris that Martinez was looking for the woman’s whereabouts to make certain she is properly served in a civil case.

She said there is no reason to believe Martinez represents a flight risk, and that $10,000 bail was more appropriate.

Deputy prosecutor Lisa Paul said she’s more concerned about Martinez potentially attempting to intimidate witnesses in the case. Not only has he been trying to track down his accuser, he also has told his ex wife that she shouldn’t speak with detectives because she could wind up in trouble, too, Paul said.

Farris said she was ordering the $50,000 bail in response to concerns about Martinez’s conduct.

The defendant then asked to leave the state for a trip to Texas so he can celebrate his birthday with friends. Farris turned him down flat.

Martinez left the Monroe Police Department in 2009. He was about to be fired after being accused of assaulting his wife.

That same year, Martinez separated from his wife and he moved to Texas with the girl he’d been molesting for six years, prosecutors allege. She went to police in Texas in 2011.

Scott North: 425-339-3431, north@heraldnet.com

More in Local News

Shock from WSU suicide ripples through Snohomish County

Roughly 1 in 10 seniors, sophomores and 8th-graders said they had attempted to take their own lives.

$1,000 reward for info on who killed an eagle near Snohomish

After being shot, the raptor was treated at the Sarvey Wildlife Center but died overnight.

Woman confronts man leaving house with stolen item

“He swung at her with a crowbar, missing her.”

Police seek suspect in Wells Fargo bank robbery

He was described as white, in his 30s, heavyset, with blonde hair and a maroon sweatshirt.

Possible bobcat sighting keeps Snohomish students inside

The creature was spotted on the campus of Valley View Middle School around noon.

Stabbing in Everett follows dispute between brothers-in-law

The victim, 54, was hospitalized. The suspect, 29, had not been apprehended Thursday.

New leaders coming to county, state political parties

Hillary Moralez of Bothell takes over as chair for the Snohomish County Democratic Party.

Mom and brother turn in suspect in Stanwood robberies

The man is suspected of robbing the same gas station twice, and apologizing to the clerk afterward.

Derrick “Wiz” Crawford, 22, is a suspect in the homicide of his roommate. (Edmonds Police Department)
Roommate suspected in Edmonds killing found hiding in closet

Police had been searching for him for 10 days before locating him at a house in Everett.

Most Read