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July 6, 2016: Santa Fe Springs Man Sentenced to Prison for Child Sex Abuse

Sarah Ardalani, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A 34-year-old man was sentenced today to 10 years in state prison for sexually molesting a young girl at his mother’s daycare center in 2005, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On May 9, Robert Andres Martinez of Santa Fe Springs pleaded no contest to two felony counts in case VA140909: forcible lewd act upon a child and lewd act upon a child.

At today’s sentencing, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Joseph Porras also ordered the defendant to register as a lifetime sex offender.

Deputy District Brianna Peden of the Victim Impact Program, who prosecuted the case, said Martinez’s mother operated a daycare center out of her Santa Fe Springs home in 2005.

In the afternoons, the children would have naptime in the living room, the prosecutor said. It was during naptime that Martinez lured one of the children, a 5-year-old girl, into his bedroom and sexually abused her, the prosecutor added.

The young girl did not tell anyone about the abuse for 10 years, according to the prosecutor. The victim, who is now in high school, recently revealed to her mother about the molestation, which prompted the parent to call authorities and report the sexual abuse, the prosecutor said.

Martinez was subsequently charged on Jan. 5, 2016.

The case was investigated by the Whittier Police Department.