Crime

Thurston County man pleads guilty to first-degree rape of a child

A Thurston County man faces up to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting two young girls.

Francisco Martinez, 38, appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court and pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree rape of a child.

Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 10 years with lifetime probation. Sentencing is set for Aug. 10. The conviction counts as a strike offense under the state’s persistent offender law, and Martinez also must register as a sex offender.

Martinez was arrested in September 2014. A woman had called the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office to report she had caught Martinez molesting her 9-year-old daughter. The woman’s 12-year-old daughter also came forward to say Martinez had done the same to her.

When they were interviewed by deputies, the younger girl said Martinez had been “torturing” her because “he makes me do things so I can use his phone,” according to charging documents. At the time of his arrest, Martinez had denied sexual contact of any kind with the girls, but admitted in his guilty plea to having sexual intercourse with them.

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