CAMDEN COUNTY, N.J. – A New Jersey police detective has been arrested after fathering a child with a 15-year-old girl.
By all appearances, he does his job well. But this decision will cost him dearly. He has received multiple honors for his work. His numerous gun and drug arrests at one point earned him “Officer of the Week” in the Camden County Police Department.
Yet he also fathered a child with a 15-year-old girl, and now Camden County Police Department Det. Rafael Martinez Jr. is facing charges for sexually assaulting a minor, according to the county prosecutor.
New Jersey Police Detective Arrested
Martinez, 32, (pictured) reportedly admitted to being the father of the baby. The 15-year-old girl, identified only as E.L., told authorities that she and Martinez had a sexual relationship from September 2016 to August 2017, according to the Courier Post.
The New Jersey police detective was suspended without pay after he was arrested on Sept. 12. The criminal complaint was filed in Gloucester Township, according to county spokesman Dan Keashen.
Statement From Social Worker
In an Aug. 22 statement, a social worker at Cooper University Hospital described a conversation with Martinez and E.L. after the baby was born.
An affidavit that is part of the criminal complaint against Martinez said the teenager told authorities that the police officer was “the father of her child and that they had sex on multiple occasions at his home.”
“They both admitted to the (social worker) that Martinez is the father of E.L.’s child and he signed the birth certificate confirming such,” the affidavit says.
A court-ordered DNA test conducted by the New Jersey State Police confirmed Martinez as the father, the report says.
Awards Now Diminished
In addition to receiving the “Officer of the Week” award in November 2013, Martinez also received a “Meritorious Service” award in July 2013. When winning one award, the department described Martinez as “a highly motivated officer with a positive attitude who truly loves his job.”
However, it appears you can add “poor decision maker” to his resume.
Martinez also was recognized in March 2015 for his work with the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force.
The department said Martinez was a police officer in Camden for about three years before the county force took over patrols in the city in March 2013.
He worked previously for the state Department of Corrections,
The detective was released after a detention hearing.
(Photo: Camden County Police Department)