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Former Waco Young Marines Commander Charged With Indecency

The former commander and founder of the Waco Young Marines chapter was out on bond Wednesday after he turned himself in on an indecency charge last Friday.

Joe Martinez, Jr. (Jail photo)

ROBINSON (July 30, 2014) One of the men who founded the Greater Waco Chapter of the Young Marines was free on bond Wednesday after he was charged with indecency with a child family violence.

Joe Martinez, Jr., 72, posted a $25,000 bond last Friday and was released from custody after he earlier turned himself in, a jail records clerk said.

Martinez is co-founder of the local chapter of Young Marines, which accepts both boys and girls ages 8 to 18.

An affidavit filed in connection with the charge says two victims, both of whom are now adults, came forward with the allegations that they say happened over a period of years when they were ages 12- to 16-years-old.

The affidavit says one of the victims provided details about inappropriate touching and other sexual contact.

Robinson police Lt. Tracy O’Connor said the investigation is continuing after an initial report to Robinson police on May 9.

Martinez helped found the organization in 1999 and was in charge of some 45 youth members through 2004 when he was replaced as commander.


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