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A former Florida cop is gearing up to serve a decade in prison for forcing a pair of teens to strip naked and run in order to evade arrest after a sentencing hearing last week.
Former Miccosukee Police Officer Michael Martinez appeared in court on Thursday, where he was told he will soon begin to serve a 10-year sentence, WSVN in Miami reports.
Martinez was convicted of extortion and unlawful compensation in 2019 for forcing two 18-year-olds, Kyle Shoulta and Remy Riley, to strip and then run naked in order to avoid arrest, the Broward Palm Beach New Times reported in 2019.
A spokesperson for the Miccosukee Police Department told Oxygen.com via phone on Tuesday that they are not releasing any information on the case. They also said they cannot confirm that Martinez even worked for the department.
Shoulta was present during Thursday’s sentencing hearing and sat directly across from the former officer.
“One of the victims actually made his way down here today, because he wanted to see this to get some sort of sense of closure,” prosecutor Chris Killoran said, local station WSVN reported.
Shoulta testified in 2019 that he “was given a choice of go to jail or run, so I took the choice to run naked.”
The couple was on their way to a concert when Martinez pulled them over in 2016. Shoulta apparently had run a red light and there was marijuana and alcohol in the vehicle.
Instead of arresting the couple, Martinez lured them to a remote area where he instructed them to strip and then run naked. He told them that doing this would get them out of the arrest.
“I took my pants off. I took my shirt off,” Riley said on the stand in 2019, according to MSVN. “I kind of looked at him like, ‘Is this enough?’ He’s like, ‘That’s it?’ I turned around from them. I turned away. I took my underwear off. I took my bra off.”
Martinez allegedly tried to force Riley to engage in a sex act, according to the New Times.
Martinez was originally sentenced to 10 years in 2019 following his conviction, but he attempted to appeal that decision. Court records from March show that the attempt failed; Martinez was taken into custody on Thursday.
Martinez filed a motion for post-conviction relief on Friday, according to Law & Crime.
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