Trial for former Albuquerque Public Schools deputy superintendent begins

Jason Martinez
FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, file booking photo provided by the Denver District Attorney’s Office, shows Jason Martinez. New Mexico's largest school district hired Martinez as a high-level administrator, but Martinez was charged in Colorado with felony sexual assault on a child involving two victims. Martinez abruptly resigned in early August 2015 and was rearrested recently for violating the terms of his bond in the Colorado case. (Denver District Attorney’s Office via AP, File)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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