Accused Steamboat man previously arrested for engaging in prostitution |

Accused Steamboat man previously arrested for engaging in prostitution

Miguel A. Diaz- Martinez

— The man who has been charged with 21 felonies related to sexual assault and engaging in prostitution with children has a criminal history that includes a misdemeanor arrest for arranging prostitution in Oak Creek.

Miguel Diaz-Martinez, 60, has also been arrested for DUI seven times, according to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation criminal history. He is currently awaiting trial for cocaine distribution in Routt County.

The Oak Creek arrest was in February 2007 and was related to domestic violence. In addition to arranging prostitution, Diaz-Martinez was charged with harassment, false imprisonment, obstruction of telephone service, possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The District Attorney’s Office ultimately dropped all of the charges except for possession of marijuana. Court records did not indicate why the charges were dropped, and the attorney that represented Diaz-Martinez could not be reached for comment.

For the marijuana offense, Diaz-Martinez was ordered to take a marijuana education course and to perform 16 hours of public service. He spent those hours at the Howelsen Ice Arena.

Before the Oak Creek arrest, Diaz-Martinez had been arrested for DUI in other parts of Colorado going back to 1997, when he was arrested in Chaffee County.

According to Diaz-Martinez’s criminal history, two of his aliases are El Taliban X and Taliban X.

“In my training experience, aliases will be particular to a group or a criminal enterprise,” Steamboat Springs Police Commander Annette Dopplick said.

She would not say whether they were working with any federal law enforcement agencies.

Officers pulled over Diaz-Martinez during a traffic stop Tuesday and arrested him for the felony warrant. The information contained in the warrant has been sealed.

“We were looking for him, and he was taken into custody without incident,” Dopplick said.

Once taken to the Routt County Jail, Diaz-Martinez told deputies that he lived lived at the Iron Horse Inn.

Iron Horse co-owner Jon Sanders on Thursday initially said Diaz-Martinez had not been living there, but later he said he could not confirm that Diaz-Martinez had not been living there. Sanders confirmed that the room number that Diaz-Martinez provided was an actual room.

Diaz-Martinez was working as a mason. According to Steamboat Today archives, he was one of about 15 tradesmen who were stiffed out of more than $150,000 for work they did on a new restaurant.

During court Wednesday, District Attorney Brett Barkey said his office has so far identified four of Diaz-Martinez’s victims, who were juveniles at the time, and there could be as many as 12 more.

According to court records, one of the victims reported Diaz-Martinez offered her drugs for sex.

Barkey said they have information that shows Diaz-Martinez has been involved in exchanging sex for drugs with underage women

Diaz-Martinez has been charged with five counts of sex assault, five counts of patronizing a prostituted child, five counts of inducement of child prostitution, five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one charge of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse. Diaz-Martinez was also charged with one count of misdemeanor sex assault.

Diaz-Martinez’s bond was set at $1 million, and police were hoping that would compel more victims to come forward.

“The high bond creates a sense of security for victims to contact us,” Dopplick said.

She said they have received additional information from members of the public since the arrest was made public.

Diaz-Martinez is due back in court at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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