Peterson airman sentenced for sexually assaulting Aurora woman

Desmond Martin / Colorado Springs Police Department
Desmond Martin / Colorado Springs Police Department

AURORA, Colo. — An Air Force staff sergeant stationed at Peterson Air Force Base has been sentenced for sexually assaulting an Aurora woman in her home, according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Desmond Martin, 31, of Colorado Springs was sentenced Thursday to 48 years to life in prison. He was found guilty of sexual assault in Arapahoe County court in July.

Prosecutors said the crime happened in January 2016. Martin went into the victim’s home wearing a mask and forced her at gunpoint to perform numerous sex acts while he recorded her on his cell phone, according to prosecutors.

Martin was identified as the suspect when police in Colorado Springs noted similarities between this case and four similar sexual assaults in El Paso County. The victims in those cases testified during Martin’s trial, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said Martin contacted his victims through online ads for escort and prostitution services, knowing they would be less likely to contact police.

Martin is also facing sexual assault charges in connection with the cases in El Paso County. A plea hearing for that trial is set for September 5.

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