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Minnesota corrections worker gets four years for coerced sex with inmate

GRANITE FALLS - A Department of Corrections crew leader has been sentenced to four years in prison for coercing a female prisoner to have sex with him in return for special favors.Michael John Martin, 48, of Wood Lake, was sentenced Thursday, May...

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GRANITE FALLS - A Department of Corrections crew leader has been sentenced to four years in prison for coercing a female prisoner to have sex with him in return for special favors.

Michael John Martin, 48, of Wood Lake, was sentenced Thursday, May 3, in Yellow Medicine County District Court on one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct by a correctional employee. Two additional charges of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Martin also received a stayed 48-month sentence Thursday in Chippewa County, where he was convicted of one count of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree. He was ordered to serve a concurrent one-year jail sentence, followed by 10 years of supervised probation. The additional charges in Chippewa County were filed after it was discovered that some of the sexual encounters with the woman took place in that county.

Martin will remain on conditional release for 10 years after he serves his prison time. He also must register as a predatory offender.

Martin, a former crew leader for the Sentencing-to-Service program who supervised inmates in Yellow Medicine County, came under investigation after the woman told a counselor at Project Turnabout about having sex with him in exchange for special privileges. The counselor reported it to law enforcement.

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The woman was an inmate in the Yellow Medicine County Jail and worked under Martin's supervision on community service crews when the incidents took place between August 2016 and May 2017. At least one of the sexual encounters happened in the program's van while the vehicle was parked off the road.

Martin allegedly gave the woman extra privileges such as pop, cigarettes and visits with her children in exchange for the sex.

Martin had sought a more lenient sentence, arguing that the woman made advances to him. That argument was opposed by the prosecution, citing the position of authority Martin held over the woman and his apparent lack of remorse. Court documents also included Facebook messages Martin sent to the woman, containing sexual comments and offering benefits such as talking to her probation officer on her behalf.

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