Man pleads guilty to lesser charges in rape of 12-year-old
BATON ROUGE - A man accused of raping his girlfriend’s 12-year-old daughter on several occasions along with arranging sexual encounters between the girl and other men pleaded guilty to lesser offenses on Wednesday.
40-year-old Ivy Martin pleaded guilty to one count of sexual battery and one count of molestation of a juvenile under 14, halting a trial that was set to begin Wednesday.
The investigation into Martin began in November of 2013 after a relative of the victim contacted East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies, explaining that the 12-year-old girl was possibly pregnant and being forced to have sex with Martin, who was the boyfriend of the girl’s mother. A grand jury indicted Martin in March of 2014 on seven counts of aggravated rape and one count of molestation of a juvenile.
He was accused of raping the girl between June of 2013 to November of 2013. Five other people have pleaded guilty in connection with the rape case.
Sentencing in the case is now set for Jan. 5.