Thursday, December 10, 2009

Pre-Trial Motions Filed In Sex Abuse Case

Defense attorneys for Martin Handley, 41, charged with 12 felony counts relating to sexual contact with a female minor, filed several pre-trial motions in District Court Wednesday, Dec. 9.
The charges against Handley stem from a criminal complaint dated Sept. 22, 2008, filed by the Socorro County Sheriff’s Department.
In the complaint, a female minor under the age of 16 reported that Handley began sexually abusing her when she was in the fourth grade. The abuse lasted for three years, the report stated.
In addition to the sexual contacts, the complaint also detailed physical injuries on the minor, which were photographed by the mother, and will be used as evidence.
The complaint stated that the abuse stopped in September, 2007, and that the Sheriff’s Department “was never notified of the incident until a protection order was to be obtained.”
Handley was arrested on Oct. 14, 2008, and the case was bound over to District Court one month later. The motions filed were requests for CYFD records, psychological records, and a psychological evaluation on the victim, as well as discovery requests.
According to Assistant District Attorney Stacey Ward, District Judge Edmund Kase ruled that he would review the psychological records and would make the decision to pass on any pertinent information to the defense. Kase also denied the request for psychological evaluation, and the request for CYFD records was postponed.
Handley is being defended by the law office of Lee Deschamps.
Trial for Handley is tentatively set for Feb. 22, 2010.

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