• Former Monroe cop facing child rape charges


    EVERETT, Wash. - A former local police officer charged with having sexual relationship with a girl for nearly a decade will be in court Tuesday.

     Investigators said the sexual relationship between former Monroe police officer Carlos Martinez and his victim started when she was 14.

     Detectives said they found sex tapes and other videos of the victim in Martinez' home that had been taken with a hidden camera.

     Martinez left the Monroe Police Department in 2009 after his ex-wife accused him of abusing her.

     In June, KIRO 7's Lee Stoll broke the story of the child rape charges and asked Martinez, who had been a police and school resource officer, for his response.

    “Are you the predator you told other parents to watch out for?” said Stoll.

      "I have no idea what you're talking about,” said Martinez.

       "You're being charged with child rape,” said Stoll.

     Detectives first contacted Martinez in Texas two years ago, where he was living with the victim, who is now 24 years old.

     Detectives said she told them she started having sex with the then-married officer long before she'd reached the age of consent.

     Martinez’ first court appearance is Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

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