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Napa judge sentences convicted child molester to life in prison

Napa judge sentences convicted child molester to life in prison

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The Napa man convicted last month in the sexual abuse of four minors – three of them family members – has been sentenced to 197 years to life in state prison.

Napa Superior Judge Mark Boessenecker handed down the sentence against 36-year-old Flemin Fernando Martinez on Friday, the office of District Attorney Allison Haley announced in a news release. Martinez, who was arrested in October 2019, was convicted by a jury April 20 on 17 sexual abuse counts, including one count of forcible rape of a minor over 14 and 12 counts of lewd acts on a child.

The other convictions included two counts of oral copulation with a child 10 or younger, one count of using a minor for sex acts, and one count of possession of matter depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct.

Boessenecker also awarded $715,000 in noneconomic damages to the victims, whose ages ranged from 7 to 16 at the time of the abuse, as well as their families.

The convictions stemmed from the sexual abuse of three of Martinez’ family members and one friend between 2011 and 2019 in Napa County, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Napa Police began investigating the case after a close friend of one victim reported the disclosure of the abuse to a family member who also was a school official, the department said.

Three of the survivors attended the sentencing with relatives, and all of the accusers, who are now between the ages of 12 and 17, addressed the court with impact statements either in person or via letters read aloud in court.

“I shouldn’t have felt embarrassed or ashamed or guilty about what you did; that’s how you should feel, not me,” one of the survivors said during the hearing, according to the District Attorney’s Office. “… I’m ready to let go of all of this. I’m ready to heal and grow and I’ll be doing that with the people that love me.”

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Howard Yune covers public safety for the Napa Valley Register. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.

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