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Baltimore County Police: 56-year-old Essex youth pastor charged in child sexual assault from about 30 years ago

A 56-year-old youth pastor was arrested Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a child about 30 years ago, police said.

Don Giovanni Martin of Essex was charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, among other charges. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center and is awaiting a bail review hearing.

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Baltimore County Police said that on Feb. 25 they responded to a call for a previous sexual assault on a child. Officers met with the victim, who is now an adult, and she told authorities that as a child she was sexually assaulted by her youth pastor, Martin, during a sleepover at his home about 30 years ago.

Martin’s lawyer, listed in court documents as Charles Middlebrooks, could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

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Police believe there is the potential for more victims and urge people to call detectives at 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, there is help available for you 24-hours a day. You can call the police nonemergency line at 410-887-2222 or contact any one of these resources:

Turn Around 24-hour hotline: 443-279-0379

This story may be updated.

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