Dance instructor in Poquoson may have assaulted third victim

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POQUOSON, Va. (WAVY) — A man accused of sexually abusing two young girls may have had a third victim, according to court documents.  

Maurice Benjamin Martinez, 28, was arrested and charged with the aggravated sexual battery of two girls in January. Both victims were under the age of 13, and the alleged abuse happened over a period of five years, court documents state.  

In June, a 22-year-old mentally disabled woman told police that Martinez also abused her when she was a child. A relative told police she witnessed the abuse on one occasion when the woman was nine or 10 years old, according to court documents.  

Related: Police: Peninsula dance instructor sexually abused young girls

The relative said the abuse happened over a decade ago and that she’d informed an adult in the home when she walked in on Martinez and the – at that time – child nude, court documents state.  

The woman said the abuse happened “a lot,” and that Martinez recorded the assaults on his phone, according to court documents.  

All allegations of abuse happened in Martinez’s Poquoson house, and at least one of the young girls was being fostered by an adult in the house, court documents state.  

Martinez wrote on his Instagram account that the adult fostered about 70 children over a period of 15 years. He admitted to police that he assaulted the two young girls who initiated the investigation, court documents show.  

Police believe one of the girls was abused about 100 times, while the other girl said the abuse happened “almost daily,” court documents state.  

Before he was arrested, a relative hosted a “family meeting” where Martinez discussed the abuse. It wasn’t reported to police for about 10 days after that meeting, court documents state.  

At the time of his arrest, Martinez worked in dance studios in Williamsburg, Hampton and Poquoson. None of the allegations are connected to his work, police confirmed to 10 On Your Side in January. 

Martinez is being held in the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail without bond and is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing in September.  

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