He “Groomed” Them on Facebook, Sexually Assaulted Them as Runaways

30 year old Joseph Samuel Martinez of Reno has been found guilty by jury of one count of Sexual Assault with a Child
Under 14, Lewdness with a Child Under 14, and one count of Statutory Sexual Seduction of a Child under 16 last . Thursday
after a four day jury trial in District Court. Based on the conviction, Martinez faces two life terms in prison, he’ll be
sentenced March 20th. September 2017, a Sparks Police officer located two middle school girls who were reported as runaways by their parents. During the investigation, officers learned of allegations of sexual abuse by Martinez, of girls who he contacted and groomed for sexual abuse via Facebook.

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