Rodney Martineau – Repeat Sex Offender – GUILTY

A Massachusetts registered sex offender was found guilty of loitering and interference with custody after he was found with a teenage boy in a Salem parking lot.

Rodney Martineau, 42, was found in a Main Street parking lot on Jan. 13 with a 15-year-old boy from Methuen, Mass., police said. The boy had snuck out of his home without his parents’ knowledge, police said.

Investigators said they learned that Martineau was communicating with the boy on his computer and set up a meeting. The boy was taken into protective custody and released to his parents.

An officer took the boy aside and began questioning him. He said the boy told them that he had been chatting online with Martineau and snuck out of his home in Methuen, Mass., to go with him. Police said that while the boy went willingly, he was beginning to have second thoughts. “The male subject told him he was 27 years old, not 42,” Patten said. “The boy also told us that he was scared and started looking at street signs. He had snuck out of his house to meet the man, and the man had driven him up to Salem, N.H.”

Martineau was eventually taken into custody and charged with loitering and interference with custody. He was found guilty Tuesday, and the case was referred to probation for a pre-sentence investigation.

Salem police said they forwarded the investigation to Methuen police because Martineau allegedly contacted the boy there.

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

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