MORIARTY, N.M. (KRQE) - A well-known New Mexico man who travels the state recruiting young bull riders to coach and sponsor has been charged with molesting one of the teens he'd been coaching.
Don Martinez, 68, has pleaded not guilty to criminal sexual contact with a minor, but, according to court documents, the man admitted to giving the teen a massage in his bedroom.
Torrance County deputies responded to a local church three weeks ago where a concerned woman and the alleged victim called 911.
It was the start of an investigation that landed Martinez in trouble.
According to the criminal complaint he is a hairstylist who also sponsors people interested in getting into bull riding.
He occasionally sponsors competitions Moriarty.
Investigators allege that on Aug. 24 and 25 Martinez had one of the teens he coaches stay at his Moriarty home on Trojan Avenue.
A woman and her son renting a room at Martinez's home became concerned when she couldn't find the teenager and saw Martinez' bedroom door closed.
A criminal complaint said, Martinez lied saying the boy wasn't there when he was actually in the room with him.
The boy said he was told he had to sleep in Martinez's bedroom because Martinez said his guestroom was too dirty.
The boy also told deputies, Martinez told him he was a certified sports massage therapist and on both that Friday and Saturday Martinez massaged his chest, legs, stomach and crotch while the boy only wore his underwear.
The criminal complaint alleges Martinez admitted his hands came into contact with the teen's genitals saying something about groin pulls or knots in the area.
He also said he knew it “wasn’t good,” the complaint says.
When deputies interviewed the teen again, they said he changed his story a little, saying the massage only happened one time that weekend and another time during a previous visit.
Deputies arrested Martinez two weeks ago. He was since released on a $20,000 bond.
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