The Ian Martinez figure skating coach was acquitted of charges of sexual assault on a minor victim against him Thursday afternoon, the Drummondville courthouse.
It was with a sigh of relief that the athlete and his family welcomed the verdict of Judge Gilles Lafreniere. The magistrate described as “solid” the testimony of the man of 27 years. “He was adamant when it came time to deny the allegations of the victim.
He delivered a credible story, making a good description of events. He gave many details and remembered with precise dates, “analyzed the judge of the Court of Québec.
Conversely, he considered the victim as hesitant, the latter struggled to be precise with respect to certain actions taken against him. The judge has not given the emails entered into evidence and that would have incriminate Martinez.
“These documents filed in evidence are screenshots that have no date and that did not include any transmitter or receiver. It is difficult to consider when making a decision, “he said, through an expeditious verdict of ten minutes.
A tainted reputation
Ian Martinez and his family have not addressed the media after the hearing, it has not been possible to know if the coach will resume his duties. Certainly, despite the acquittal, the young man will live with accusing eyes.
“My client has expressed his innocence from the beginning and the justice system worked. The fact that the case was publicized and with the presence of social media today, it is sure that his reputation has been reached. Of the importance of waiting the judge’s decision before an idea about a person who has been accused, “expressed Martinez’s lawyer, Me Jasmin Laperle.
Although an appeal against the prosecution for abusive treatment of the dossier is still possible, Mr. Laperle said it was unlikely.
The charges against Martinez occurred between November 2013 and March 2014. Martinez have resorted to touching and fondling, kissing. “That does not mean I do not believe the victim or that touching does not occur. Is that the evidence failed to convince the court beyond a reasonable doubt, “said the judge Lafreniere.