Crime

Sex offender caught assaulting child in south Austin, police say

Ronald Christopher Martin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 47-year-old man was arrested last week after police said he failed to register in the sex offender database — and officers said he was caught in the midst of a sexual act with a child outside a south Austin building.

According to the Austin Police Department, Ronald Christopher Martin was seen by an officer who was out on a separate call near a former shoe store located at 5001 W. U.S. 290. The officer says around 9:43 p.m. Dec. 27, he saw Martin with a juvenile, later identified to be 14-years-old.

Investigators said he met the victim on social media and went to another state to pick him up and come back to Austin. The victim told police Martin solicited nude photos from him, despite being aware of his age.

KXAN reached out to Martin’s attorney for comment and will update this story when we receive a response.

Martin is reported to be homeless, investigators said. A person who lived near the tent said Martin had lived in the back of the building where police found him for at least a year and a half. The acquaintance told police the child had been there for around 1 or 2 weeks.

During the incident, the officer reports he discovered an active warrant for failure to register as a sex offender stemming from a 2017 incident.

In Texas, a person who has been convicted of two or more sexually violent offenses, who has received a deferred adjudication order two or more times or who has been convicted and received an order of deferred adjudication must report their information to their local law enforcement every 90 days. Failure to do so can result in a “Fail to comply sex offender duty to register life/90 day” charge, which is one of the charges Martin faces.

Written by Russell Falcon

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