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June 12, 2014

Convicted child molester argues motions

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 more specific information on charges filed by Danville police on rape and sexual molestation of a man, now 23.

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

Martz, 28, and 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 currently 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 man, now 23, from 1997 through 2002 when he was 7 to 12 years old in Danville.

During Martz’s preliminary hearing, the man told Martz he 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.

He also argued the statute of limitations had expired but then conceded they hadn’t. Warren said the statute of limitations in the case would expire when the alleged victim turns 50.

Norton asked Martz and Warren to file briefs June 16.

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

Email comments to kblackledge@thedanvillenews.com

During a hearing Monday in Montour County Court, he asked for more specific information on charges filed by Danville police on rape and sexual molestation of a man, now 23.

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