Saturday, February 24, 2018
Public safety

Clearwater man charged with sexual abuse of child, after his brother was jailed on same charge

CLEARWATER — A 26-year-old Clearwater-area man was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl — just a month after his brother was charged with sexually abusing two brothers under the age of 12.

Pinellas County sheriff's detectives say they believe there may be more victims because both men had access to other children.

In the most recent case, Omartin Martinez, 26, of 15691 Michigan Drive was arrested Friday on a charge of capital sexual battery. Detectives say he abused a 9-year-old girl he knows between September and November 2011 in unincorporated Clearwater.

Detectives say they got a tip about the case while investigating Omartin's brother, who was arrested on the same charge in early June. Marsanti Martinez, 24, is accused of sexually abusing two young brothers in north Pinellas County while dating their mother over a period of about four years. While the woman was at work, Martinez would abuse the boys, according to detectives. The boys recently came forward to report the crimes, which investigators said took place about four years ago.

Marsanti Martinez later moved to Connecticut but was extradited to Florida. While investigating him, detectives interviewed a 9-year-old girl who said she was sexually battered by Omartin Martinez. This occurred at least five times while Omartin Martinez was caring for the girl, she told detectives.

Anyone with more information was asked to call sheriff's Detective Mark Kolenda at (727) 582-6200.

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