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Oahu child advocate charged with sexual assaulting minor

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HONOLULU (AP) - A 37-year-old man who directed an organization recruiting foster parents has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Louis A. Martinez is charged with counts of felony sexual assault and felony attempted sexual assault plus counts of misdemeanor sexual assault.

Martinez was indicted last week and arrested May 31. He's in custody at Oahu Community Correctional Center with bail set at $150,000.

He was arraigned Thursday and pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Martinez also goes by the names David Barber and David Louis. They say Martinez in October 2011 gave liquor to a 16-year-old girl and assaulted her as she slept.

Martinez in 2005 using the name David Louis, opened now-defunct Heart Gallery Hawaii, an organization that encouraged people to adopt hard-to-place foster children.

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