Hanceville man charged in rape of minor child


Francisco Martinez (Cullman County Sheriff’s Office)

Updated 8-16-18 at 4:14 p.m.

Late Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Cullman County Sheriff's Office said that investigators have determined that Martinez is undocumented, sharing, "We have been working with ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and ICE has just sent us the detainer paperwork. What this means is once Mr. Martinez' charges are satisfied or he attempts to make bond, then ICE has discretion to come and take him into federal custody."

HANCEVILLE – Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) investigators on Tuesday arrested Francisco Javier Martinez, 26, of Hanceville following an investigation that allegedly determined he abused a minor child. Martinez is facing charges of first-degree rape and sexual extortion.

The CCSO said the investigation into Martinez lasted several weeks, culminating with the execution of a search warrant at his residence on Tuesday. 

Due to the graphic nature of the crime, and the crime involving a minor child, the CCSO will not release further details.  

“I have said this many times, but anytime children are victims of a crime it will break your heart and also make you angry at the same time. I am thankful we at the sheriff’s office have two investigators who are dedicated to working ‘crimes against persons’ and I truly believe that is why the community is seeing so many of these types of arrests and cases being solved,” said Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry. “We would also like the thank the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and the Department of Human Resources (DHR) for their help when we have cases involving children.”

Martinez remains jailed in the Cullman County Detention Center on a $35,000 property bond.

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