Martinez awaits sentencing for sexually abusing toddler, other charges

PLATTSBURGH - A Saranac man is awaiting federal and state sentencing on charges related to the sexual abuse and assault.

Aaron Martinez, 26, pleaded guilty in Clinton County Court May 16 to three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Martinez, represented by his defense counsel, Allan Cruikshank, appeared before the Hon. Patrick McGill.

During Martinez's appearance, the People of the State of New York were represented by Clinton County Assistant District Attorney Domenica Padula, who motioned to dismiss 21 counts of the 27 count state indictment. According to documents from the Clinton County District Attorney's Office, the dismissed counts pertained to portions of the state indictment that alleged videotaping of child pornography. Those counts were dismissed because the defendant pleaded guilty to the production of child pornography pursuant to a federal indictment in federal court earlier this month.

Martinez pleaded guilty as charged to the six remaining counts of the state indictment that charged him with sexual acts against a child. According to Padula, the victim was a 3-year-old child of a friend of Martinez and the crimes occurred in the victim's home in the city of Plattsburgh in May 2010. He reportedly used his a camera on his cell phone to record the act.

Sentencing for Martinez on federal charges against him is expected to take place Sept. 25. Those charges could land him up to 30 years in prison. He is expected to answer to state charges against him Sept. 25, which could result in a sentencing of up to 50 years to life in state prison and a requirement to register as a sex offender.

According to Clinton County Assistant District Attorney Domenica Padula, prosecuting attorney in the case, Martinez is currently being held in Clinton County Jail while awaiting both federal and state sentencing.

"Now that Mr. Martinez has been convicted of his sexual crimes against this young child we can only hope that the victim and her family will continue to experience a sense of justice as we look towards sentencing in the fall," Padula said in a written statement.

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