Hope police officers and investigators have arrested three men in two unrelated, but recent local cases involving sex crimes in one instance and drug possession in the other instance.
Hope Assistant Police Chief Kim Tomlin said in a press statement that a native of Mexico residing in Hope was arrested July 29 in connection with the investigation into an on-going sexual relationship with a minor girl.
“Rodolfo Martinez, 18, of Hope, was arrested and charged with 13 counts of Rape and seven counts of Sexual Assault Second Degree following an investigation into allegations made by a 12-year old female,” Tomlin said. “Martinez was an acquaintance of the victim.”
Tomlin said the relationship had been on-going, but declined to elaborate, pending the filing of formal charges.
Martinez remains in the Hempstead County Detention Center after a first judicial appearance, according to jail booking information.
Tomlin said the investigation into the allegations is continuing.
In an unrelated arrest, Hope police officers detained two men in a residence in the 200 block of East Greenwood Street in the predawn hours Aug. 3 as the result of the discovery of alleged illegal drugs.
Tomlin said Aaron Shepard, 53, of Hope, and Ira Scott, 53, also of Hope, were arrested at the residence after officers discovered a substance believed to be crack cocaine during an incident investigation.
“An off white rock-like substance weighing over nine grams, believed to be crack cocaine, was seized during the arrests,” Tomlin said. “Both Shepard and Scott were charged with possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, and held for a first appearance.”
Both men remain in the Hempstead County Detention Center.