Former UPD officer indicted

Martinez released same day without bail

Former Uvalde Police Department patrol officer Laurance Anthony Martinez, 23, was indicted Friday on six counts of sexual assault of a child. He was released that same day on personal recognizance.

Martinez was arrested in September for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Uvalde High School student. At the time of his arrest, he had been with the police department for two years.

According to the Uvalde Police Department, a criminal investigation began after the department received a tip from the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District police department.

The 15-year-old alleged victim participated in the department’s police explorer program. According to UPD Chief Daniel Rodriguez, Martinez was never directly involved in the instruction of explorers.

The program offers students who are interested in a career in law enforcement the opportunity to learn about law enforcement by participating in ride-alongs, community events and competitions.


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