Michael Martin, supervisor of the Yellow Medicine County Sentence to Service work release program, has been charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly having sex with an inmate. The sexual relationship between Martin and the woman began in August of 2016, and continued off and on through this past May. Officials learned of the situation in June when the woman told a counselor about the relationship. The woman told a sheriff’s deputy that, while she was an inmate at the Yellow Medicine County Jail, Martin had asked her to have sexual intercourse and perform oral sex on several occasions.
In exchange for sex, Martin gave her soda, cigarettes, and took her to see her children. The incidents took place while Martin was in charge of work release crews while he and the woman were alone. On some occasions, Martin took the woman to see her children. According to the woman, he told her the visits would “cost her,” in allusion to sexual acts. Martin had also warned the woman not to tell anyone or she would get in trouble. The woman told the police that she feared she wouldn’t be able to see her children if she didn’t do what Martin wanted. Martin admitted to police that the woman performed oral sex on him three times, but denied taking her to visit her children. Martin is currently on investigative leave from the Department of Corrections until an investigation into the matter is completed.