Adoption advocate faces child sex assault charges

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: Jul 21 2014 10:34:32 PM HST
Louis Martinez
HONOLULU -

An adoption advocate was taken to Oahu Community Correctional Center on child sex assault charges Monday.

Louis Martinez is the former executive director of Heart Gallery Hawaii, part of a national organization that encourages adoption of foster children.

He was charged in early July with attempted sexual assault involving an 11-year-old girl. Last year, he was charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl allegedly in her sleep after giving her hard liquor.

Martinez, who is also known as David Barber and David Louis, pleaded not guilty. He is being held on $400,000 dollars bail.

Trial is expected to start in September.

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