Jury acquits Martinez of all charges

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Courts > Former Chevron employee was accused following fling with co-worker

By Tris DeRoma

Los Alamos resident Carlos Martinez, 31, was declared not guilty of all counts Thursday on charges stemming from a brief sexual encounter he had with another employee at the Chevron gas station roughly 2-1/2 years ago.
The charges included one count of false imprisonment and three counts of criminal sexual penetration.
It was an intense four days of trial and testimony for Martinez, a Los Alamos resident who was accused by a co-worker of the crimes during an overnight shift at the Trinity Drive Chevron station March 7-8, 2013.
After knowing each other for two days, the two decided to have a sexual encounter inside the station’s walk-in freezer. That brief encounter, where Martinez received oral sex twice and attempted intercourse once, hung over his head until Thursday.
Four days after the encounter, the woman went to police and filed a complaint against Martinez.
Thursday afternoon, Martinez put his head in his hands and briefly cried tears of relief as a jury of his peers declared him not guilty on all counts.

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