21 Year-Old Man Charged With Taking Indecent Liberties With Minor

A 21 year-old Johnston County man has been arrested and jailed under a $1 million bond.  The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jose Luis Martinez-Medellin of the 1000 block of Lake Wendell Road, Wendell on February 1st following an investigation that began on December 11, 2019.

Sheriff’s detectives said they were notified by the father of a juvenile female after he discovered “inappropriate information” on her cell phone.  As part of the investigation, detectives had to obtain a search warrant to identify the suspect.  During questioning, Martinez-Medellin allegedly admitted to a sexual relationship with the victim when she was 12 years-old.

Martinez-Medellin was charged with statutory sex offense with a child by an adult, statutory sex offense with a child under age 15, felonious restraint,  two counts of indecent liberties with a child and two counts of solicitation by computer.