In March of this year, 59-year-old Reuben R. Martinez Sr. was charged with sexually assaulting a female relative over the course of five years. He was charged with two counts of first-degree CSC and two counts of second-degree CSC against someone under the age of 13. Now, according to a news article at Mlive.com, Martinez has requested to be given a polygraph test.
Martinez allegedly assaulted the young female relative beginning in August of 2007 when she was five years old; the sexual assaults continued through August of 2012 according to prosecutors in the case. Martinez was arrested on March 18 by Michigan State Police after prosecutors secured an arrest warrant against the defendant on February 7.
On Monday May 20 Martinez waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Saginaw County District Judge Terry L. Clark. He has been bound over to Circuit Court for trial, and currently remains in jail on a $110,000 or 10 percent bond. Martinez pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault charges on March 19 in front of Saginaw County District Judge M.T. Thompson.
Martinez waived his right to a preliminary hearing so that he can take a polygraph test. While the results of a polygraph are not admissible in court, they can help prosecutors determine whether to proceed forward or drop the charges against an individual accused of a criminal offense.
As all Michigan sex crime lawyers know, there are situations in which an innocent person is accused of a crime he or she did not commit. News reports do not indicate that Martinez has a prior criminal record, and his desire to take a polygraph test may further support whether he is innocent. When a victim is under the age of 13, the mandatory minimum prison sentence for a conviction of first-degree criminal sexual conduct is 25 years.
If you have been accused of any type of sex offense it is urgent that you consult with an aggressive Michigan sex crime attorney at once. Your reputation, freedom, and future are in grave danger without the guidance and support of a skilled lawyer.