Huntington senior Mario Martinez has posted bond for his charges of sexual assault and attempted sexual assault.
Martinez was indicted on three counts of attempted sexual assault and one count of sexual assault Thursday. District Attorney Joe Martin said he turned himself into the Angelina County Sheriff's Office Friday afternoon after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Martinez had a $40,000 total bond for his charges. After posting bond he was released from the Angelina County Jail Friday evening.
Friday was also Martinez's 18th birthday, according to Sheriff Greg Sanches.
An Angelina County grand jury indicted Martinez on three counts Thursday; two were for charges of attempted sexual assault, and the third indictment for sexual assault and attempted sexual assault. Each indictment involved a separate victim. Sexual assault is a second-degree felony. Attempted sexual assault is a third-degree felony.
According to Martinez's jail records, the offense date of his first charge of attempted sexual assault was Nov. 7, 2017. His charge of sexual assault has an offense date of Sept. 12, 2018. The other two attempted sexual assault charges have offense dates of Sept. 19 and 26, also in 2018.
On Jan. 24, a student came forward with accusations that he had been sexually abused by teammates on the high school baseball squad.
Huntington Superintendent David Flowers said the district contacted law enforcement the next day “once the administration was able to substantiate that conduct constituting a possible criminal offense had occurred.”
One parent said she had came forward with concerns about hazing in October of 2018, according to a previous Lufkin Daily News story.
Records indicate Martinez has never been arrested before in Angelina County.
While Martinez is the first to be indicted in the case, others may be charged as well, Martin said.
The grand jury will meet on April 17 to discuss the possible indictment of other adults. In addition, Martin said at least two others possibly facing charges are juveniles. He said the county attorney’s office will determine whether or not to pursue charges against them.