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Husband of Fountain day care operator accused of molesting young girls

February 9, 2018 Updated: February 10, 2018 at 7:21 am
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photo - Larry Martinez (Courtesy of Fountain Police Department)
Larry Martinez (Courtesy of Fountain Police Department) 

A 50-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting two young girls at his wife's Fountain day care, according to an arrest affidavit.

Larry Paul James Martinez turned himself in Thursday on suspicion of two counts of sexual assault on a child under the age of 15 by one in a position of trust and two counts of sexual assault on a child, court records show. He is being held in El Paso County jail without bond.

The assaults allegedly happened over a period of several years at A Mother S Touch Daycare at 7298 Creekfront Drive. The business was owned and operated by Martinez's wife, Denise, the affidavit says. It's unclear if the day care is still in operation.

A girl told police in January that Martinez would take her into a back room, telling the employees he was going to read her a book, the affidavit says. He would close the door, turn off the camera in the room and allegedly fondle her and have her touch him sexually.

The girl had told a relative that "this happened multiple times," and that "this happened to other girls at the day care and she did not say anything because she thought it was normal," according to the affidavit. Martinez reportedly scared the girl into not telling anyone about the encounters.

The girl went to A Mother S Touch Daycare from Aug. 18, 2010, to July 31, 2014, when she was between the ages of 3 and 7.

Martinez also was investigated by Fountain police in 2010 in a separate sexual assault of a child, but he wasn't arrested due to a lack of evidence, the affidavit says. The girl told police in 2010 that Martinez would take her into a back room and lie on top of her while she laid on her back on the floor. She told police, "It felt like somebody is humping me," but later said she didn't know what that word meant.

Martinez would have her lift up her shirt, the affidavit says, but their clothes otherwise remained on. Martinez also allegedly would press the girl's face into his crotch.

The girl went to the day care for about three months in 2010, and told her mother Martinez's behavior had gone on "since the first." In two January interviews with police, Martinez denied being sexually inappropriate with children.

Two women who worked at the day care when the girls went there said they didn't see Martinez being inappropriate with children, the affidavit says. He had a full-time job and would arrive at the day care about 4 p.m. That's when they would leave and Martinez would take over, because only a few children would still be waiting for their parents to pick them up.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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