Deputy accused of molesting disabled woman released from jail

Published On: Dec 20 2011 03:52:40 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 22 2011 11:16:01 AM EST

An Orange County Sheriff's deputy was arrested Tuesday for an incident that took place on October 31, 2011, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

An Orange County sheriff's deputy was released from jail Thursday, two days after he was arrested on charges of lewd or lascivious molestation of a disabled person.

William Martinez, 56, who has a wife and two adult children, was arrested Tuesday in connection with an incident that took place in November, according to deputies.

A Sheriff's Office report says that Martinez originally met the woman in late October when she reported a crime.  He returned to her home a few days later under the guise of conducting a follow-up investigation, officials say, and touched the woman's genitals and breasts over her clothing.  Investigators say he also asked if he could help her take a shower or lie her down in her bedroom.

The woman said she was scared because Martinez had a gun, according to the sheriff's report.

"It's just a bit freaky, a bit scary having that so close to you," said Sarah Sparaccio, who lives near Martinez.

Martinez, who's been with the Orange County Sheriff's Office for about three years, has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the agency's internal administrative review, according to authorities.  Martinez previously worked for the Apopka Police Department for more than 15 years.

A judge has ordered Martinez to wear an ankle bracelet so his whereabouts can be monitored.  Martinez, who could face more charges from the state, also had to surrender his gun and passport.

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