Trial begins for federal corrections officer accused of raping female inmate
Prosecutors in Brooklyn’s federal court detailed the accused rape of an inmate at a Sunset Park jail by a corrections officer at the lieutenant’s Tuesday trial.
Carlos Martinez, 47, used his power at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) to rape a female inmate “over and over and over again,” prosecutors said. And if she told anyone, they alleged, she would be sent to solitary confinement.
While crouching to grab supplies to clean a jail lieutenant’s office in December 2015, the woman, who will be referred to as “Maria” in court, allegedly looked up to see Martinez’s erect penis, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nadia Shihata told jurors.
“The defendant then grabbed the woman’s head and forced his penis in her mouth,” Shihata said, before detailing Martinez bending Maria over a desk. “He put his penis in her vagina from behind and raped her.” Martinez allegedly watched surveillance feed coming from outside the office to see if anyone was coming.