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Holtville Man Convicted Of Sexual Abuse

On Friday , a jury returned a guilty verdict against Jose Martinez of Holtville.

Martinez was convicted on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child. During the two week trial , a jury heard evidence from more than ten witnesses and reviewed several taped interviews and statements. The victim , a 9-year old child , testified for several hours. In finding Martinez guilty , the jury rejected his claim that the victim had been coached by relatives to make false accusations. Martinez faces a maximum sentence of 16 years in state prison and will be required to register for life as a sex offender.