On September 19, 2013, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible child sexual abuse. The victim’s mother reported the incident to a school official, who in turn passed on the information to the Yuma Police Department School Resource Officer. Upon receiving the information, the SRO immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s Deputies met with the victim’s mother who reported that her 12 year old daughter had been lured to the suspect’s home on multiple occasions to have sexual relations with his son. She told Deputies that she had sent her daughter to Mexico to be with family due to the incidents. Deputies then advised her that in order to continue with the investigation, her daughter needed to return from Mexico so that she could be interviewed. The mother informed the Deputies that her daughter would be staying in Mexico until the following school year.
On July 15, 2014, Sheriff’s Office Investigators were notified that the victim had returned to Yuma. The Investigators met with the victim, who disclosed to them during the interview that the suspect had encouraged her to have sex and become pregnant by his son. She also stated that the suspect would call her and give her advice on sexual positions to perform on his son.
On July 24, 2014, Investigators interviewed the suspect, Fernando Martinez, Sr., 35, of Yuma. Martinez was ultimately arrested and booked into the Yuma County Detention Center for 2 counts of molestation of a child, 2 counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, and 2 counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation. He remains in custody with a $250,000 bond.
Fernando Martinez, Sr.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 783-4427 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.