Sex offender avoids prison

March 9, 2013

Charlie Rebel Martin, a 23-year-old Louisiana man, on Monday in Hood County Judicial District Court pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

By plea agreement as a first-time offender, if Martin completes seven years of deferred adjudication – a form of probation – the second-degree felony charge will be dismissed.

Hood County District Attorney Rob Christian said that in each case involving a first-time sex offender, the victim, if old enough, or the victim’s parents must sign sworn affidavits stating that they believe placing the defendant on deferred adjudication probation is in the victim’s best interest and that they want the judge to approve the plea bargain.

Christian said the victim was age 15 or 16 at the time of the alleged sexual assault. She also was from Louisiana, staying in Hood County with her family at that time, and knew Martin prior to the incident.

The victim and her mother returned to Louisiana, and asked that the charge be dismissed.

“The defender will register as a sex offender for life,” Christian said. “He will also complete years of sex offender treatment. If he violates the conditions of probation, he could go to prison for up to 20 years.”

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