Friday, March 30, 2001

Gilbert Martines, above, was sentenced yesterday to
10 years in prison for luring a young boy to his
apartment and attempting to sexually assault him.

Repeat sex offender’s
agreement spares
boy, lowers sentence

Gilbert Martines' latest target
will not have to testify, while
he avoids a life sentence

By Debra Barayuga

In 1982, Gilbert Martines had sex with two young boys and was sentenced to five years' probation.

In April 1999 he got caught attempting to persuade a 12-year-old boy to have oral sex.

"Mr. Martines represents the worst type of sexual predator we come across," Deputy Prosecutor Rom Trader said yesterday. "This man won't stop until you make him stop."

Although the court and the boy's mother believe Martines should be locked up for the rest of his life, Circuit Judge Reynaldo Graulty agreed to be bound by a plea agreement and sentenced him to 10 years' imprisonment.

"Mr. Martines, you have done a lot of harm to a lot of young boys," Graulty said.

The agreement spared the boy, who has suffered and continues to suffer, from having to testify, Trader said. It also ensures that Martines will have no contact with other children during his incarceration.

"Given Mr. Martines' record, we hope the Hawaii Paroling Authority will be receptive to our recommendation that he serves every single day of those 10 years," Trader said.

Martines apparently made a career of not getting reported, he said.

While on probation and under court supervision for the 1982 convictions, Martines admitted that he continued to have sex with other young boys, "seeking them out, because that's his history," Trader said.

In the latest case, which occurred between March and April 1999, Martines lured the boy to his McCully apartment with his collection of "X-Files," "Virtual Reality" and video games.

He admitted to making the boy sit on his lap while telling him he had nice eyes, nice eyelashes and that his hair smelled good.

On another occasion, he explained to the boy he liked boys because "their bodies are very smooth."

He told the boy how he performed oral sex and offered to perform oral sex, but the boy refused.

In court records, the boy told an Oahu grand jury that Martines had told him he had been performing oral sex on boys for 20 years.

Martines also admitted to possessing pornographic materials depicting young boys having sex.

Police who later searched Martines' apartment discovered over 100 graphic images on his computer of young boys engaged in sexual activity. Also found in the apartment were books on pedophilia and sexual abuse of children.

Martines yesterday apologized to the boy, the court, his family and friends.

"I take full responsibility and blame no one," he said in a brief statement.

Outside the courtroom, Trader called it "appalling" that Martines was able to hold teaching positions after his conviction in 1984.

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