Court officer charged with detainee rape faces new charge

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A Lawrence District Court officer charged with raping and sexually assaulting a female prisoner is facing a new charge of trying to conceal potential evidence in his case.

Forty-six-year-old Jose Martinez pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a witness intimidation charge and was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail. Martinez pleaded not guilty last week to three counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault and battery. He had been freed on $40,000 bail.

Prosecutor Ashlee Logan said Wednesday that Martinez asked a fellow court officer on Monday to find and destroy a cellphone containing pornographic photos and videos. That officer and a supervisor found the phone and gave it to police. Martinez was arrested Tuesday night.

Martinez is accused of raping the woman in the courthouse in July 2009 and again last fall.

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