Former Orange County deputy faces molestation charges

William Martinez arrested on molestation accusations

ORLANDO, Fla. - A former Orange County deputy is jailed on Thursday for the second time on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of an elderly or disabled person.

William Martinez, 57, was booked into Orange County jail on $22,000 bond for his 3 counts and released just after 5 p.m. Thursday, according to jail records.

Martinez's attorney, Lyle Mazin, told Local 6 these charges stem from the original case but were simply refiled by the state last month, following the state's decision to dismiss the charges before the originally scheduled trial. Mazin said there is no new alleged victim and that his client is innocent. 

Martinez was arrested in 2011 on accusations of molesting another disabled woman. According to the report, Martinez originally met that woman in late October when she reported a crime.  He returned to her home a few days later under the guise of conducting a follow-up investigation, officials say, and touched the woman's genitals and breasts over her clothing.

Martinez, was with the Orange County Sheriff's Office for about three years before his 2011 arrest.  He previously worked for the Apopka Police Department for more than 15 years.

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