Former secretary accuses District Attorney of assault

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Lemuel Martinez


BERNALILLO, N.M. (KRQE) – District Attorney, Lemuel Martinez, has been accused of assault by one of his former employees, following an August incident.

In a police report obtained by KRQE, the former administrative assistant, who does not want to be identified, says Martinez was verbally abusive to many women in the Sandoval County District Attorney’s Office in Bernalillo.

The woman worked at the office from April to August and says she almost immediately noticed Martinez treating employees and interns disrespectfully. She tells KRQE that on several instances she was screamed at by Martinez and belittled, amounting in her opinion to verbal assault.

The alleged victim says the situation boiled over on August 12. She claims Martinez called her into his office and started screaming at her for breaking his “number one rule” by having contact with other office employees. The report filed with Bernalillo Police says Martinez told her “she didn’t need to talk to anyone only him and that she needed to keep her f***ing ass in her office with the god**** door shut.”

She says, “Then he just went into a tirade about what my job title was and he just proceeded to berate me, tried to humiliate me, break me down.”

At that point she claims Martinez threw a binder at her, containing her job description. It missed her. Next she claims he pinned her at the table, keeping her from leaving.

The woman says, “He just smelled the fear and went after it.”

She says when she finally could move, she went into survival mode and got out of the office as fast as possible, fearing for her safety.

The woman then called Bernalillo Police and gave a statement to two officers. She also later spoke with Chief Tom Romero, who told her and KRQE, that because his office and D.A. Martinez work together so much, he did not feel comfortable handling this case. In turn, Romero forwarded the case to the Attorney General’s office. They would not comment on it when reached on Thursday. The alleged victim says she has met with the AG’s office once to go over her statement.

The woman has not returned to the office since the August 12 incident and is no longer employed by them. She says she came forward with these claims in hopes of Martinez being held accountable for his actions against her and other employees.

When reached by phone, D.A. Martinez first said he knew nothing about this case, then said he wouldn’t comment on it until he saw the paperwork.

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