ELKO – A Wells man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl he met on Facebook pleaded guilty in district court Monday in a plea deal.
Jonathan D. Martinez, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault on a child under the age of 14, a category A felony, before Judge Al Kacin in Elko District Court.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without the possibility of probation. Martinez also faces lifetime supervision and must register as a sex offender.
Martinez was arrested June 29 at a casino in Wells on a warrant charging one count of sexual assault on a child under 14 and one count of lewdness with a child under the age of 14.
In exchange for pleading guilty, the lewdness charge was dropped and the state will not pursue other charges. Represented by Sherburne Macfarlane, Martinez initially pleaded not guilty Nov. 6.
According to court documents, Martinez had messaged the victim on Facebook for several months before they met on the night of May 22 at Wells Combined Schools. After the assault, the victim stated he threatened her with “consequences” if she told anyone.
While in custody, Martinez was also charged on a warrant alleging one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of aiming a gun at a person. In a plea deal Nov. 6, he pleaded no contest to the lesser charge, a gross misdemeanor, before Judge Nancy Porter in Elko District Court.
Martinez remains in custody at Elko County Jail. Sentencing for both matters is pending.