ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man police say wanted to taunt them with a “cat-and-mouse” game involving threats of raping a 6-year-old child he was baby-sitting has been arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on child pornography charges.
Randy Martinez Jr., 20, was being held in jail Sunday on $30,000 cash or surety bond. Martinez faces charges of possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and voyeurism. He does not face rape or molestation charges.
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Detective Kyle Hartsock told the Journal on Sunday that Martinez on Aug. 17 “self reported” his threats in a tip to a Department of Justice website, missingkids.com, where people can find resources for missing kids, look up Amber Alerts from around the country and report child abuse. The website is staffed around the clock and local authorities were immediately notified, he said.
“It’s a very unusual situation,” Hartsock said. “He used a medium that is there to report sex offenses but used it on himself. It looks like he turned himself in, but he wasn’t necessarily trying to. He wanted to start a back-and-forth cat-and-mouse game to try get caught and leave letters and clues and taunt law enforcement.”
According to a criminal complaint, Martinez stated in the online tip that he possessed and manufactured child pornography and threatened to rape a child that he was baby-sitting that night. He identified himself as Randall Martinez, gave his age as 20, provided the name of the child, and said he had also raped a 5-year-old child in the past and that he “enjoyed it.”
He further bragged that he “has been doing this for years, and can’t believe he hasn’t been caught yet.”
Local authorities immediately tracked the IP, or Internet Protocol, address of the server that was linked to the computer Martinez used to file the online letter, according to the complaint. From that, they got a street address of a corresponding home on Del Monte Trail SW and obtained a search warrant.
Hartsock said he and other deputies went to the home hours after Martinez posted the tip and knocked on the door. When no one answered, they forced their way in. The home was not occupied, so they waited and about an hour later Martinez, other adults and some children returned to the home from a nearby park.
According to the complaint, deputies said a child matching the description in the tip lives at the home.
Martinez’s father was dating a woman with a 6-year-old granddaughter.
Martinez was read his Miranda rights and initially denied knowing about the letter and denied having child pornography, according to the complaint. Martinez then gave Hartsock permission to check his cellphone, on which two folders with up to 1,400 images of child pornography were located.
Martinez then admitted to posting the letter to the missingkids.com website, according to the complaint.
“He said he was feeling very depressed and wanted to get caught, but he didn’t think he’d be found that fast and that he was hoping investigators would have to work harder to find him,” Hartsock wrote in the complaint.
He also said that he forgot that he could be traced through his IP address, Hartsock said.
“This is a first,” Hartsock said. “Normally they get caught, we track their online activities or somebody else tells us they’re doing it, and then we develop our investigation that way and get a search warrant and search their house and computer.”
Hartsock said investigators are looking for victims in the case and anyone else distributing child pornography with Martinez.
Martinez’ criminal record includes two priors as a juvenile in Virginia for sex offenses against children, one of them involving a 5-year-old child, Hartsock said.
His New Mexico arrest record includes a January 2015 charge of battery against a household member. He pled not guilty and the charge was later dismissed.