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Casper resident sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting 10-year-old

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A Natrona County judge on Thursday sentenced a Casper resident to between 30 and 45 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old in the bathroom of a local home.

A jury found Miguel Martinez guilty of first-degree and second-degree sexual abuse of minor in October. Natrona County District Court Judge Catherine Wilking sentenced Martinez to between 30 and 45 years for the first-degree charge and between 15 and 20 years on the second-degree charge. The two sentences will run concurrently.

The child’s mother reported the assault to Casper police in March after her daughter said that Martinez, who is a family friend, sexually assaulted her in the bathroom of a residence. The girl said Martinez invited her into the bathroom and touched her breasts and genitalia before penetrating her, court documents show.

Nurses at the Wyoming Medical Center completed a sexual assault exam and found evidence that the girl had been assaulted.

Martinez, who identifies as a woman and uses the name Michelle, said she understood that the jury’s decision is final, but referred to the crimes as “something I know in my heart I did not do” in a statement before the sentencing.

Wilking noted Martinez’s prior criminal history and failure at previous attempts at probation as factors in the sentence.

Martinez’s public defender previously appealed the conviction and asked for a new trial, arguing that the prosecution withheld evidence. Wilking denied the request in November.

Martinez will also have to pay more than $3,000 to Medicaid to reimburse the program for the girl’s medical expenses.

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