Former crew leader for the Sentence to Service program, Michael John Martin, 48, of Wood Lake, pled guilty to two cases in which he is accused of coercing a female prisoner to have sex in exchange for favors. Martin pled guilty to two felony charges of sexual misconduct. Three additional felonies were dismissed as part of the plea bargain.
The incidents occurred while Martin was working for the State Department of Corrections supervising Yellow Medicine County prisoners while they were out doing community service work.
Martin was originally charged with criminal sexual conduct for engaging in sex with a female inmate in Yellow Medicine. In August, after prosecutors learned that several of the alleged incidents occurred in Chippewa County, additional charges were added in Chippewa County. Martin eventually pled guilty to a felony charge of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree — correctional employee. An additional charge of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree was dismissed.
In Yellow Medicine County, Martin pled guilty to third-degree criminal sexual misconduct — correctional employee. Two additional felony charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct were also dismissed.
According to the criminal complaint, the woman was an inmate at the Yellow Medicine County Jail when she worked with the Sentencing to Serve program (a sentencing alternative for courts that puts nonviolent offenders to work on community improvement projects). She worked under Martin’s supervision between August 2016 and May 2017.
After leaving the program, the same woman entered treatment at Project Turnabout where she informed a counselor about Martin asking her to have sex with him in exchange for special favors. Cigarettes, soda, and visits with her children were among the ‘privileges’ she received during her incarceration. Martin is scheduled to be sentenced on May 3.