St. Paul Council Candidate Arrested for Revenge Porn

July 17, 2018 09:25 PM

A man running for St. Paul City Council is under arrest, accused of posting a nude photo of a woman online without her consent and that has the city's mayor calling for him to drop out of the race.

"David Martinez's behavior is disturbing and has no place in our city," Mayor Melvin Carter said in a statement. "I wish the best to his family and our entire community as we heal from the harm his acts have caused. He should drop out of the city council race immediately."

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David Martinez, 38, was booked into the Ramsey County Jail Monday. Despite being arrested, Martinez has not made any indications he's dropping out of the race to fill the vacant Ward Four seat on city council.

Martinez was working as a project manager for the Minnesota Department of Commerce. A spokesperson confirmed his employment terminated Monday after his arrest.


In-Depth: Revenge Porn Charges

  • Hennepin County has filed the most charges since it became a law in 2016, with 23. This includes both gross misdemeanor and felony cases.
  • Ramsey County has filed 14 charges.
  • Dakota and Blue Earth Counties have filed 13 charges each.

"The case was immediately referred to one of our sex crimes investigators and she looked into it and reached out to word press, which was the facilitator of the blog," Steve Linders, with St. Paul Police, said.

The blog and photo are now removed from the internet. But this is the latest in a string of run-ins Martinez has had with police.

"Right around July 4 we were called to his residence on a domestic assault report, violation of a restraining order," Linders said.

St. Paul Police records then show Martinez was cited for disorderly conduct and trespassing the next day after allegedly screaming profanity at employees at the St. Paul Public Library. 

A video which he posted himself online also appears to show Martinez being forced out of a Minnesota Twins game in Minneapolis by security after a confrontation.

The case is getting a lot of attention and as a result, is shining a light on Minnesota's relatively new revenge porn law, passed by lawmakers in 2016.

It made it a crime for anyone to distribute sexual images of any person without consent.

"And that's a behavior that we have seen for many years that's very concerning to us," Liz Richards, with the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, said.

Richards said it's important for everyone to remember posting sexual photos of someone without consent is a form of abuse. 

"What we hope is that victims who have experienced this dissemination of their image without their consent will know that people are paying attention, people do want to hear about it and that they will reach out and talk to people about it," Richards said.

She said anyone can confidentially call the Day One Crisis Line 24-hours a day at 1-866-223-1111 from any community across Minnesota for help.

According to the state court administrator's office, there have been 136 charges on nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images in Minnesota since the law was passed in 2016.

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