Sex abuse trial set for Monday

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Martin allegedly forced children to drink booze, perform sexual acts while he watched


A jury trial in Anderson Circuit Court is scheduled to begin Monday for a man charged with raping, sodomizing and sexually abusing children under the age of 12.
John C. Martin, who now lives in Versailles, is accused of forcing two children under 12 to drink Mountain Dew and Southern Comfort while performing sex acts on each other while he watched, according to documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.
At the time, Martin lived in Anderson County.
He remains out of jail on $10,000 cash bail, but has been ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device.
Martin’s alleged activities surfaced in 2005 when a girl under the age of 12 claimed he forced her and her step-brother to perform sexual acts on each other, according to court documents. The children were apparently in fifth and sixth grade.
The boy refuted the allegations at the time, but has since offered statements mirroring some of the girl’s claims.
The girl claimed Martin forced her and the boy to perform the acts hundreds of times in a bedroom.
When the boy refused, she claims Martin beat him.
She also claims that Martin threatened them if they revealed what he was making them do, and at times had guns lying on the bed he made them use, according to court documents.
In a separate statement, another girl claims Martin forced her to perform oral sex on him “50 to 100” times, and a different boy claims Martin physically abused him and repeatedly tried to get him to wear girls clothing.
Martin was arrested last August and, according to police reports, denied the allegations.

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