Camden County Police Department detective Rafael Martinez Jr., 32, raped the teen several times at his home between September 1, 2016 and August 18, 2017, according to her statements in an official criminal complaint issued in Gloucester Township.
According to a probable cause warrant for his arrest, Martinez admitted he was the father in mid-August and signed his name on the baby’s birth certificate the night the child was born.
Court-ordered DNA samples were taken from the baby, Martinez and the baby’s mother.
The samples were tested by the New Jersey State Police and later confirmed Martinez is indeed the father, authorities revealed.
The 15-year-old mother, known in court documents as E. L., also made statements to a Cooper University Hospital social worker claiming Martinez was the father.
“They both admitted to the (social worker) that Martinez is the father of E.L.’s child and he signed the birth certificate confirming such,” the affidavit says.
Detective Martinez was arrested then suspended on September 12 without pay, according to county spokesman Dan Keashen.
He was released after a subsequent detention hearing.
As we like to point out at PINAC, Martinez is one of many award-winners and received a number of honors during his career, including a Meritorious Service award in July 2013 as well as an Officer of the Week award for a string of gun and drug arrests in November 2013.
During their announcement of Martinez’s November award, the Camden County Police Department described Martinez as “a highly motivated officer with a positive attitude who truly loves his job.”
Martinez was also awarded in March 2015 for his performance working with the U.S. Marshalls Regional Fugitive Task Force.
He has been charged with sexual assault of a minor between the ages of 13 and 16, and endangering the welfare of a child through sexual contact.