FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A girl testified in Forsyth Superior Court this morning that the man hired by her family to mow the lawn pushed his way into the house and raped her in a darkened bathroom, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
Francisco Marquez Martinez of Cole Road is on trial this week on three charges — rape of a child, sex offense with a child and taking indecent liberties with a child.
Assistant District Attorney Kia Chavious said in an opening statement that the alleged incident happened on June 22, 2012.
The girl was twelve at the time and was alone with her younger sister when Martinez came to the door, Chavious said.
The Winston-Salem Journal does not typically identify the alleged victims of sexual assault or their families.
The girl testified that Martinez knocked on the door and told her that he was there to cut the grass. He was supposed to have come the next day, a Saturday, and the girl called her mother, who was not home.
After talking to her mother, she handed the phone to Martinez, the girl said. Martinez told the mother that he had a scheduling conflict and couldn’t come that Saturday.
The girl said that Martinez went to cut the grass and she locked the door. A little while later, it began to rain, and Martinez knocked on the back door. He asked her if he could come in.
The girl said she told Martinez he could stand in a covered area just outside the kitchen but he couldn’t come into the kitchen.
That’s when Martinez told the girl she had a string loose on her clothing, the girl said. Martinez then grabbed her and began touching and kissing her. She ran away and Martinez ran after her into her mother’s room.
The girl said Martinez pinned her on the bed and began kissing her on her neck and breasts. She pushed him onto a dresser and ran into the bathroom.
Martinez followed her in, pushed her into the bathtub and closed the door.
She couldn’t see anything because it was dark but she heard Martinez unbuckle his pants. She said she felt pain when he assaulted her.
She said she hit him and he stopped. He opened the door and she ran down the hallway to her room to make sure her sister, who was sleeping, was okay.
Martinez, she said, ran out the back door.
Chavious said the girl didn’t tell her sister or her mother, but she told her mother the next day after she had talked to one of her close friends, Chavious said.
The trial will continue through this afternoon and into the rest of the week.
Paul James is the attorney representing Martinez. James told the court that he would reserve his opening statement until after the prosecution presents its case.