Adoption advocate in Honolulu jail on sex charges

Adoption advocate in Honolulu jail on sex charges

HONOLULU (AP) - An adoption advocate is at Oahu Community Correctional Center on child sex assault charges.

Louis Martinez is the former executive director of an organization that encourages adoption of foster children. He was charged earlier this month of attempted sexual assault involving a girl who was 11 years old.

Last year, he was charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, allegedly in her sleep after he gave her hard liquor.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Martinez, using the name David Louis, opened Heart Gallery Hawaii in 2005 and then became executive director of Florida-based Heart Gallery of America in 2009.

He couldn't be reached at the jail, where he's being held on $400,000 bail. He has pleaded not guilty. His public defender couldn't immediately be reached for comment Monday.

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