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June 12, 2014

New charges vague, inmate says

DANVILLE — Convicted child molester Dereck Martz contends he needs more information on charges he faces of raping a boy.

During a hearing Monday in Montour County Court, he asked for specific information on charges filed by Danville police on rape and sexual molestation of the boy, who was 7 to 12 years old at the time. He is now 23.

The hearing was a continuation of a hearing begun in May before Judge Gary Norton.

Martz, 28, formerly of Danville, is representing himself.

He was convicted of corruption of minors and indecent assault in June 2005. For those offenses involving a girl, he was sentenced to 2 to 8 years in a state prison and is confined to the State Correctional Institution at Coal Township.

He is listed as a Megan’s Law offender.

His prison term expires in July 2015.

The latest case involves 51 charges for sexually molesting a boy from 1997 through 2002 in Danville.

During Martz’s preliminary hearing, the man said Martz robbed him of his childhood by molesting him. The alleged victim is not being identified because of the nature of the case.

During the hearing, Norton asked Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren if she could provide a more detailed time line for Martz concerning the latest charges.

Martz contends the alleged victim didn’t report the incidents promptly which prevents him from preparing an adequate defense.

Norton asked Martz and Warren to file written arguments on Monday.

If Martz has more arguments, they will be heard July 9.

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