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A Pueblo West man accused of threatening to “kill” a young victim if she reported a sexual assault

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) – A KRDO13 investigation reveals how Pueblo County sheriff’s deputies tracked down a Pueblo West man accused of sexual assault. 47-year-old Lonnie Martin was charged with three counts: sexual assault on a child under 15, sexual assault on a trusted person and aggravated incest.

According to court documents obtained by KRDO13 InvestigationsMartin is accused of forcing a child to perform sexual acts on him over a three-day period between May 17 and May 19, 2024. It all took place at his Pueblo West home on Buckboard Ave.

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office brought attention to these activities after a nurse at Penrose Hospital said a patient at the hospital claimed to have suffered sexual assault by Lonnie Martin. Court documents show a sexual assault investigation was conducted at Parkview Hospital in Pueblo.

The deputy then interviewed the victim and a family member, who told them that Martin forced them to perform sexual acts with him and touched them in numerous ways without their consent.

The alleged coercion continued, with Martin forcing the young victim to become drunk with him, so much so that one night the victim passed out and woke up in skimpy clothing. Martin is accused of telling the victim, “If you haven’t noticed, my body is reacting to your body.”

On multiple occasions, the young victim and a family member told the deputy investigator and during a forensic interview with a member of the Pueblo Children’s Advocacy Center that Martin threatened to “kill” the victim if she reported the sexual acts to law enforcement. Arrest documents show Martin admitted to the victim that he could go to jail for his actions, claiming they were “contrary to the laws of all fifty states.”

After unsuccessfully attempting to contact Martin by phone, Pueblo County officers went to his home with an arrest warrant. Court records show he was under the influence of alcohol and acted hostile towards deputies. In his house they found a suicide note which said: “The secret of life is death, break the cycle. The world is enslaved to numbers that have no meaning.”

After his arrest, Martin refused to be interviewed by deputies. Court documents say he “threw himself against the wall and door of the interrogation room.” He was then jailed on three felony charges.

KRDO13 Investigations asked Martin’s defense attorney to comment on these allegations. At the time of publication, we are still waiting for a response.