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December 26, 2013

Man indicted for sex offenses against child

Mother charged with aiding offender

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

A London man and his mother were named in a 25-count indictment on Friday relating to sexual offenses against a child.

Jose L. Morales, 18, and Maria Martinez-Leon, 40, both of 810 Meyers Baker Road in London, are now set for a January 27 hearing in Laurel Circuit Court.

Morales was arrested on October 27 and remains incarcerated on a $100,000 cash bond. That bond was continued with Friday’s indictment which includes 10 counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree sexual abuse. The rape incidents reportedly occurred between May and September 2013, with the sodomy and sexual abuse incidents taking place between June 25 and September 23.

The investigation began when London Police Officer Eric Stallard answered a call of a 10-year-old child being raped on Meyers-Baker Road in London. But when Stallard went to the scene, he learned the family of the victim had just learned of an ongoing sexual relationship between the child and 18-year-old Morales.

Officers with the London Police went to question Morales, but were met by his mother, 40-year-old Maria Martinez-Leon. The woman told police her son was not there, then gave differing locations where Morales was living. Those locations included Florida, Tennessee, and finally saying he was in Richmond, Ky.

But when her son came walking up while police were still there, her story dissipated and she too was facing legal charges.

Maria Martinez-Leon was held in the Laurel County Detention Center from October 27 until November 8, under a $10,000 cash bond. But with the indictment, her bond skyrocketed to $100,000 cash for 10 charges of complicity to commit first-degree rape, two charges of complicity to commit sodomy, and one charge of complicity to commit first-degree sexual abuse. Martinez-Leon reportedly knew about the sexual relationship between her son and the child a week prior to police questioning.

An indictment is an accusation only and does not imply guilt or innocence.

More indictments from the December Laurel Grand Jury in the Friday edition of The Sentinel-Echo.

 

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com