Guillermo Jose Martinez-Castro, 35, has pleaded guilty to one count of Child Molestation in the first Degree. Martinez-Castro had been charged with six counts related to the sexual assault of a female child less than 14 years-old.
The original charges were two counts of Statutory Sodomy in the first degree, two counts of Child Molestation in the third degree, one count of Statutory Rape in the first degree, and one count of incest. Martinez-Castro pleaded guilty to the one count of Child Molestation in the first Degree in November of 2017.
Judge Hickle sentenced Martinez-Castro to 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections earlier this week.
The case was originally charged in July of 2017 after Martinez-Castro was caught in the act of sexually assaulting a child in his home by a reporting party, for whom the name was not released.
According to the probable cause statement originally filed in the case, the child reported that the incident in which Martinez-Castro was caught happened in the morning when he first climbed into bed with her and then followed her when she left the room and returned.
The document goes on to further report that the victim reported that "he pulled her down to the floor and got on all fours on top of her, pinning her down," before touching her in intimate places.
The PCSD detective reported that the victim said that "she asked him to stop" during the assault.
When the reporting party walked into the room and discovered Martinez-Castro and the victim, the probable cause statement reports that the reporting party "asked what was going on."
Martinez-Castro allegedly answered, "You know what's going on."
The reporting party asked Martinez-Castro to leave and he allegedly apologized to both the reporting party and the victim stating, "it wasn't her fault," according to the probable cause statement.
The charging document reported multiple sexual assaults by Martinez-Castro with varying levels of penetration in addition to requesting that the child perform sexual acts on him.
Through an agreement with the Army Criminal Investigations Command (CID), the Fort Leonard Wood Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office, PCSD, and the victim’s family, the case proceeded through the Missouri state court system, rather than the military court system. Martinez-Castro was an active duty member of the United States Army at the time the molestation was discovered.
“I want to commend the work of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department for their investigation into this matter, especially Deputy Lynn Bays and Detective Nicole Cunningham. I want to thank the victim and his/her family for all of their help and patience as the case proceeded. I also appreciate the assistance of Kids’ Harbor, Army CID, and the Fort Leonard Wood Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in this case,” said Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, in a press release. “This was truly a team effort to get a predator like this off the street and into prison where he belongs.”