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Miguel Martinez

Martinez

A Casper resident was found guilty Wednesday of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl.

A 12-person jury found Miguel Martinez guilty of first-degree and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Martinez could face up to 70 years in prison. He will be sentenced at a later date.

The 10-year-old’s mother reported to Casper police in March that her daughter said Martinez sexually assaulted her in the bathroom of a residence.

The girl told investigators that Martinez, who is a family friend, sexually assaulted her. Nurses at the Wyoming Medical Center completed a sexual assault exam and found evidence she’d been sexually assaulted.

During the trial, prosecutors played video of the girl describing the assault to a forensic interviewer for the Children’s Advocacy Project. The girl told the interviewer that Martinez should go to jail.

Martinez denied molesting the child to arresting officers and pleaded not guilty to the charges in May at an arraignment in Natrona County District Court.

According to court documents, Martinez was drunk on the night of the assault and a breath test showed he had a blood alcohol concentration of .218, nearly three times the legal limit to drive.

The trial, which took place in Natrona County District Court, began Monday.

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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