Local man ordered held on sex-solicitation charges for allegedly arranging to meet teen
NASHUA – Just two months after his fully suspended prison term of three to six years expired, David Martin is back behind bars, this time on accusations he went to meet a 14-year-old male, allegedly for the purpose of soliciting sex, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Martin, 40, whose last known address is 2 Ridge St. in Nashua, was ordered kept on preventive detention after Wednesday’s bail hearing in Hillsborough County Superior Court-South.
He was arrested Tuesday and charged with a felony offense, which alleges he arranged to meet “at a predetermined location” someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy, according to Assistant County Attorney Nicole Thorspecken.
Martin, a registered sex offender, also is accused of violating registry requirements by failing to notify authorities of the “new online identifier” he allegedly used just a day earlier to contact the person he thought was the teen boy, Thorspecken said.
Martin did jail time in 2011, Thorspecken told the court, the result of convictions for burglary and criminal mischief.
In 2013, Martin received the suspended sentence that expired in March. The sentence was imposed upon Martin’s conviction on three counts of lewdness/indecent exposure and one count of simple assault, which accused him of soliciting underage girls for sex in September 2012.
“He has a record of this, but hasn’t stopped,” Thorspecken told Judge Charles Temple, referring to Martin’s history and new allegations involving sex solicitation.
“He’s done this before. He’s a danger to the community, and he should be held on preventive detention,” she added.
But attorney Tony Naro, who represented Martin, asked for personal recognizance bail for his client, who, he said, would agree to several conditions.
Among the conditions would be limiting Martin to a basic cellphone with no internet capabilities, and that he agree to not use any computers. Martin would also be prohibited from having contact with anyone under age 16, with the exception of his immediate family, and to promptly bring his sex-offender registry information up to date.
Martin “did not violate the terms of his previous sentence, and he’s been off probation for three years with no transgressions,” Naro told the court.
By seizing Martin’s computer and cellphone, “the state has removed the risk” of Martin violating the bail terms, Naro added. The possibility also exists, Naro said, that “there could be mitigating evidence we know nothing about yet.”
Still, Temple imposed preventive detention, ruling that given Martin’s “criminal history of solicitation of children,” his release at this time would “endanger the public and himself.”
Temple granted Martin the opportunity to request an evidentiary hearing, if he so desires.
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