DENVER (KRQE) – The trial for former Albuquerque Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Jason Martinez began in a Denver courtroom Tuesday. Martinez is facing multiple child sex abuse charges, a scandal that cost the superintendent his job.
The four charges Martinez faces accuses him of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old and 13-year-old boy before APS hired him without doing a background check on him. Earlier this year, Martinez was appointed APS’ deputy superintendent by now-former Superintendent Luis Valentino.
Martinez’s background check would have shown that in 2013 he was charged with sexually assaulting children while he lived in Colorado. In a separate case, he was also accused of attacking his 26-year-old boyfriend and hitting a different man with his car during a jealous rage.
Martinez was not allowed to leave Colorado but he still came to Albuquerque to work under Valentino. He resigned from APS in August before his criminal history came out and later turned himself in to authorities in Colorado.
Jury selection for Martinez’s trial has wrapped up.
Opening statements began at 1 p.m.