Salinas Child Molester Escapes Prison Time, Gets Probation

A former Little League and Pop Warner League coach convicted of molesting children escaped a prison sentence and was placed on probation by a judge who feels the man can be rehabilitated.

Forty-two-year-old David Martin had pleaded no contest to two of
the ten original molestation charges against him and he had already
served a year in Monterey County Jail.

Despite pleas for prison from a victim's father, Superior Court Judge Richard Curtis gave Martin credit for time served and placed him on five years' probation.

Curtis had imposed an eight-year prison sentence but suspended it pending successful completion of probation. The judge warned Martin he would be sent to prison if he violated probation terms.

Probation conditions include Martin's participation in a "fairly sophisticated and arduous" therapy program for sex offenders until his probation officer releases him or his probation ends in five years.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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