A Winston man convicted of texting racy images of a 15-year-old girl when he was 17 is back in custody, suspected of probation violations that could send him to prison for approximately four years.
Aaron Thomas Martin, 19, pleaded no contest in January to encouraging child sex abuse and was sentenced to five years on probation. A more serious charge of taking the picture was dropped.
The plea deal allowed Martin to avoid prison, but required him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and left a prison term of 46 to 50 months hanging over his head if he violates probation.
Two weeks ago, Martin’s probation officer requested a hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court on Martin’s “poor conformance” with the rules.
Martin allegedly made false statements about using methamphetamine and has had regular contact with a 17-year-old girl, according to court records.
A hearing set for today was delayed so his defense can weigh its options. He will remain in custody until at least April 30, when he’s due back in court for the hearing.
This month, Martin’s sex offender treatment was terminated by his provider for engaging in a relationship with the girl “without written approval.”
An investigation into his conduct was triggered by a complaint by the 17-year-old’s mother, who claimed Martin had sent the girl text messages “threatening, coercive and emotionally abusive” in nature.
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