The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 27, 2014

Victim testifies child predator robbed him of childhood

By Karen Blackledge
The Daily Item

— DANVILLE — A 23-year-old victim testified in court Monday that molestations by Dereck Martz, 28, robbed him of his childhood.

The alleged incidents occurred from 1997 through 2002, when the victim was 7 to 12 years old, according to court documents.

The victim testified against Martz on Monday during a 2-and-a-half hour preliminary hearing in front of Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder. Shrawder sent the 60 charges lodged against Martz to county court.

Martz remains in the State Correctional Institution at Coal Township in lieu of $750,000 bail. Shrawder dismissed a charge of terroristic threats.

Martz is serving a sentence of up to four years for indecent assault and corruption of a 12-year-old girl dating back 10 years. Martz is also listed as a Megan’s Law offender.