John R. Martin – Repeat Sex Offender facing life in prison

A registered sex offender facing life in prison for a sexual assault committed after his release from prison will go on trial Aug. 12 in Waupaca County Circuit Court.

John R. Martin, 31, 404 S. Pine St., Weyauwega is charged with three counts of child enticement and one count of second-degree sexual assault.

Martin is being prosecuted under the state’s “two-strikes” law for repeat sex offenders. The law requires a life sentence without parole if a person is convicted twice of sex offenses.

Martin was released from prison in January 2004 after serving over six years on a charge of second-degree sexual assault of a child.

When Martin was released, the state sent a special notification local law enforcement agencies.

Martin moved to an Avon Street apartment building in New London with his wife in late 2005 and police issued notices bearing his photo to his neighbors.

One of those neighbors was a 15-year-old girl. In April and May 2006, she quickly became a target for Martin, according to a criminal complaint. He tried to invite her into his apartment, exposed himself to her and, on one occasion, grabbed her and put his hands under her bra.

The girl finally reported the incidents to her school counselor.

Martin has remained free on the charges after posting a $10,000 cash bond.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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