Colorado bail increased for ex-New Mexico school official

Timothy Jason Martinez
This Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 booking photo provided by the Denver District Attorney’s Office shows Jason Martinez who was booked Wednesday on a no-bond hold. Martinez a former Albuquerque, New Mexico, school administrator who faces child sex abuse charges in Colorado has been booked into a Denver jail a day after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. (Denver District Attorney’s Office via AP)

DENVER (AP) – A judge has increased bail for a former New Mexico school administrator facing separate child sexual abuse and assault cases in Colorado.

Denver District Judge Brian Whitney on Thursday set Jason Martinez’s bail at a total of $200,000 and ordered him to wear an ankle monitor.

Whitney expressed surprise that Martinez wasn’t previously ordered to wear an ankle monitor.

Bail had been $100,000 total.

Martinez was hired by Albuquerque Public Schools in June but resigned after the charges came to light. He was re-arrested after Colorado officials learned he left the state to take the Albuquerque job, a violation of his bond.

His attorney claims Martinez was telecommuting with APS after hired in New Mexico. The prosecutors quickly fired back and said his APS key card was used multiple times between July and August.

Martinez attended all his court hearings and Colorado authorities didn’t realize he had left.

Martinez’s lawyer, Leonard Anthony Martinez, says he expects his client to be exonerated.

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