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Defense attorney arrested in sting at adult theater

Victor D. Martinez is a criminal defense attorney.

Victor D. Martinez is a criminal defense attorney.

TAMPA — Criminal defense attorney Victor D. Martinez, whose wife famously left him more than a decade ago for a serial killer, faces a charge of exposing himself at an adult movie theater.

Martinez's wife of 17 years, Rosalie, left him for Oscar Ray Bolin Jr., who was sentenced to death in the early 1990s for the slayings of three young women. She fell in love with Bolin while working on his case in the Hillsborough County Public Defender's Office and later married him.

On May 21, Martinez approached a plainclothes police officer at the Playhouse Adult Theater, 4221 N Hubert Ave., while fondling himself, according to a police report.

Martinez was charged with exposure of sexual organs, a misdemeanor. The attorney "spontaneously stated that he was sorry, and he would be willing to work off the charges," the report said.

The sting was part of a broader operation in the Drew Park neighborhood that also led to the arrest of the general manager of Fox's WTVT-Ch. 13 and five other men inside an adult video store last month, said Andrea Davis, a police spokeswoman.

Martinez's attorney, Joe Bodiford, predicted that the charge "will ultimately go away."

"This is a misunderstanding that we are working to clear up," Bodiford said, adding, "Victor Martinez is a wonderful human being."

Thomas Kaplan can be reached at (813) 226-3404 or

Defense attorney arrested in sting at adult theater 06/06/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 4:12pm]
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