July 17, 2018 10:53 PM
St. Paul City Council candidate David Martinez arrested for allegedly posting a nude photo of a woman online without her consent says he will remain on the ballot.
Martinez made a brief phone call to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Tuesday afternoon from the Ramsey County Jail where he was being held. He spoke out about calls from the St. Paul’s Mayor and his two opponents in the Ward 4 race asking him to drop out.
"I say they have their right, you know freedom of speech, freedom of opinion," Martinez said. “Good for them for exercising their rights."
“I believe he should end his candidacy and get the help he needs,” said candidate Shirley Erstad in an email to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. “I have been greatly disturbed by Mr. Martinez’s actions.”
“This pattern of behavior calls into serious question about his judgment and ability to serve in public office at this time,” said fellow St. Paul City Council Ward 4 candidate, Mitra Jalali Nelson.
St. Thomas University decided Tuesday to cancel a 4th Ward Candidate symposium, as a spokesman noted: “given the circumstances and the developments over the last week."
The Ramsey County Attorney’s office said St. Paul Police continue to investigate the case as of Tuesday afternoon. If no charges are filed by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Martinez could be released from custody.
"I’ve spent 48 hours in interrogation rooms telling my side of the story and answering questions and I'm not going to tell the story again because it takes time and is emotionally exhausting," said Martinez.
Martinez would not talk about why he was in jail, instead, pointing 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS to his campaign site for his side of what has happened.
St. Paul Police got the site taken down by the provider since they say it contained the picture in question.
The alleged incident comes after investigators said Martinez violated a restraining order against the woman. He previously posted it was "...fabricated" and "made-up, most of the testimony contained within the restraining order."
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reached out to the woman involved and she declined to comment at this time.
Updated: July 17, 2018 10:53 PM
Created: July 17, 2018 07:05 PM
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