Timothy Jason Martinez, was just a week ago working a $160,000 a year job as the former deputy superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools. That is over as he now faces multiple felony charges, including child sexual assault. What is astonishing is that Albuquerque appeared clueless about prior arrests in hiring Martinez as the second in command of the large school system.
Prosecutors in Colorado were a bit curious how Martinez could accept a job in New Mexico when he is not supposed to leave the state due to prior arrests in two cases in Colorado.
One of the cases involves four counts of child sexual assault of victims ages 8 and 13. The other reportedly involves a felony domestic incident this year involving a man described in court records as Martinez’s boyfriend.
Those charges could add up to 20 years in prison.
The problem with getting a high-profile job is that it is high profile. A Denver prosecutor read the same stories and pulled out his $50,000 bail bail agreement from in each case — including the bar on out-of-state travel without approval.
It now appears that Martinez never completed his his background test including the fingerprinting component. It is really astonishing that Martinez thought this was possible given his trial scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 9 on the child sex abuse charges involving an 8-year-old and a 13-year-old victim. His domestic case reportedly involving his boyfriend from 2015 is also pending with travel limitations. He is accused of using his car as a deadly weapon in that assault. A second person was also reportedly injured in that incident. That man, aged 55, says that Martinez also struck him with his fist. The alleged boyfriend, 26, was hit at least once and kicked in what the second man described as a jealous rage.
With all of these alleged events, it is astonishing that not one of those cases was found by the school district before hiring Martinez.
Martinez is now out of job and in jail.