Minister convicted of rape to return to U.S. voluntarily
The gang culture at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services appeared to be a motivating factor for a minister convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the sexual abuse of a minor to waive his right to an extradition hearing yesterday.
Although represented by Alex Morley, Don Martin told the court: “I’ve been threatened by gangs in Fox Hill prison. Fox Hill isn’t a place for anybody to stay at. I need to go.”
Martin,46, was arrested at Lynden Pindling International Airport on December 15, 2018, two weeks after he was convicted in his absence of sexually assaulting a girl from she was seven years old until she was 13. He was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 20 years.
Martin was found guilty of repeatedly inappropriately touching a young girl in College Park and Atlanta, Georgia, from 2005 to 2011, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Her legal guardian told police she was friends with Martin and met him at an Atlanta church where he was a minister and that Martin would often visit their home, stay overnight and sleep downstairs, while the girl slept upstairs, the paper reported.
Yesterday, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Neil Brathwaite said that Martin had signed a statement waiving his right to the hearing.
As a result, Magistrate Samuel McKinney committed Martin to await his handover to U.S. authorities.
Martin should be extradited by the weekend.
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