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Additional victims come forward in sex assault case

Miguel A. Diaz- Martinez
arrest

— Bond remains at $1 million for the 60-year-old Steamboat Springs man charged with 21 felonies related to sexual assault and engaging in prostitution with children.

Miguel Diaz-Martinez appeared in court Wednesday. He did not speak.

“We’re still in the preliminary stages of this case,” Judge James Garrecht said during the hearing.

Diaz-Martinez was shackled during the hearing, and a Spanish interpreter was used to state all of the charges.

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.

Garrecht also stated the potential penalties, which can include up to life in prison.

Diaz-Martinez is being represented by the Public Defender’s Office. The issue of reducing bond was not discussed. Steamboat Police Commander Annette Dopplick has said the high bond could help convince more victims to come forward.

Chief Cory Christensen said Wednesday that additional victims have come forward since Diaz-Martinez was arrested Nov. 29.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 5, 2017.

Victims typically do not testify during preliminary hearings. Instead, the police officers who investigated the case testify.

Because an interpreter will be used, the hearing is expected to take the entire day.

If Garrecht finds there is probable cause to believe Diaz-Martinez may have committed the crime, the case will go to District Court, where felony cases are heard.

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


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