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More trouble for ex-Worth Park District Commissioner

  • Written by Bob Rakow

Page-2-Martin-INBOX-857674A former Worth Park District commissioner faces sex crimes in Colorado, 15 months after being charged with a similar offense in Orland Park, police said.

 

Anthony Michael Martin was charged in Jefferson County, Colo., with Internet luring of a child and Internet sexual exploitation of a child. The charges were filed in October.

 

Martin remains in custody on $10,000 bond.

 

Martin resigned as a park board commissioner on Aug. 21, 2013. He cited “personal reasons” for his resignation, said Worth Park District Director Carlo Capalbo.

He became a park district commissioner in April 2013 following a successful write-in campaign for an open seat on the five-member board.

The Colorado charges came after an investigator for the Jefferson County District’s Attorney’s office, portraying a teen under 15-years-old, communicated with Martin on a social networking site, according to a four-page affidavit filed Oct. 22 in Jefferson County Court.

 

The investigator, who was not participating in chat room communications, received an Oct. 18 message from “olderguy407” ( whom police said was Martin) that said, “You are beautiful and very sexy.”

 

Martin’s profile said he was from Chicago, but he told the teen that he would be in Colorado beginning Oct. 20, would love to meet her and provided his phone number, the affidavit said.

 

The investigator then texted Martin using the teen persona. Martin said he liked petite girls. “I like drinking and making out. [Your] house or my hotel room,” he allegedly texted.

 

Martin allegedly also described his sexual preferences in detail and asked the female persona specific details about her appearance. He also asked if the girl had nude pictures and if she would send some to him, according the affidavit.

 

Police said Martin added that he liked younger women. “I’d marry one,” he allegedly texted.

 

The teen persona on Oct. 19 asked via a text if Martin if he wanted to meet. Martin said he did and asked for her address. But on Oct. 21 he told the girl he would be unable to meet her, the affidavit said.

 

 

Police learned where Martin was working in Colorado after speaking with Sean Morrison, the CEO of Morrison Security Corp., located in Alsip. Martin was a vice president at the company.

 

Martin was arrested on Oct. 21 as he was leaving a Denver, Colo., location where he was working on a project. He asked for an attorney before police read him his rights, police said.

 

Also, on Oct. 21, Martin reportedly admitted during a phone call with a detective that he had talked to a teen persona about meeting and having sex. He also admitted to requesting naked photos of her. Martin told the investigator, “it was just idle chat,” according to the affidavit.

 

Martin was charged in August 2013 of indecent solicitation of a child, Orland Park police said.

 

The charge, a felony, stems from text messages he allegedly he sent to a 14-year-old Orland Park girl, who he met at a party, according to 20-page police report.

Martin worked with the boyfriend of the girl’s mother, and the party was thrown by their boss, police said.

Martin was released on $100,000 bond, said Orland Park Police Commander John Keating.

Martin’s texts allegedly asked the girl if she drank, was interested in piercings and if he could sneak her out for an overnight visit so she could get her navel pierced, according to the Orland Park police.

Martin allegedly called the girl a “sexy dork” and asked if she would like to “mess around with” him or consider getting to know him romantically, police said. He allegedly asked her to send him a picture of her belly, face, fully clothed or whatever she wanted to send him, reports said.

Police said the girl also told them that Martin touched her inappropriately while at the party. She said she did not react to being touched and did not tell anyone while at the party, police said.

The Orland Park police said that Martin admitted to sending the messages while he was drinking and added that he probably should not have sent them, according to reports. He allegedly told police he did not recall the entire contents of the texts, but realized the following morning upon reviewing them that he should not have sent them.

Martin said he asked the victim for her email address and added that he knew she was under 18 years old, police said.