A 35-year old Murfreesboro man has been arrested and charged with aggravated statutory rape. Jesus Martinez (picture below) was arrested after the Department of Children Services informed Murfreesboro Police that it was suspected that the suspect had a past relationship with a teenager.
The 16-year old victim gave police what they described as “credible disclosure about sexual abuse.” Detective Tommy Roberts noted on the arrest report that more charges may be pending. At this point Martinez faces one charge of “aggravated statutory rape.” According to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, he also faces an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Detainer. In other words, Martinez is facing the possibility of being deported from the United States if convicted in the future.
An immigration detainer is a notice that the Department of Homeland Security issues to local law enforcement agencies to inform them that they intend to assume custody of an individual that is currently in local custody.
The suspect will appear in a Rutherford County General Sessions Court room on April 18th. Because of the "detainer," he will not be released from jail until the results of the court case have been decided. It will then be up the the Department of Homeland Security to decide on how to pursue the immigration status of Martinez.
MPD Arrest Report #13-3000
Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
Definition of Detainer – U.S. ICE Agency