June 22, 2021

ORIGINAL (June 22, 2021 2:20 p.m.):

Just after 11 a.m. on February 25, 2021 police responded to a call of a past sexual assault on a child. Responding officers met with the victim, an adult female, who advised that she was sexually assaulted by her youth pastor Don Martin approximately 30 years ago. The preliminary investigation revealed the victim was sexually assaulted at Martin’s residence during a sleepover.

The Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit believes there is a potential for victims of similar incidents involving this suspect. If anyone has information, they should contact detectives at 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

56-year-old Don Giovanni Martin from the 600 block of China Clipper Lane, 21221 was arrested on June 21, 2021 and charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense and second-degree assault in connection to a rape that occurred more than 30 years ago. Martin remains at the Baltimore County Detention Center on a no bail status pending a bail review hearing.

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 non-emergency line at 410-887-2222 or contact any one of these resources:

Turn Around 24-hour hotline: 443-279-0379
Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County: 410-828-6390
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Greater Baltimore Medical Center SAFE nurse: 443-849-3323