Prosecutor: Pastor may have tried to destroy fingerprints

JERSEY CITY, N. J. – A prosecutor says a church of the pastor who is on the run for nearly two years after he was convicted of sexual assault against tried to destroy his own fingerprints.

The Assistant Hudson County Prosecutor said in court Friday that Gregorio Martinez 10 fingers were bloodied, and the covenants, when he was imprisoned in Honduras in August.

Martinez was once a Pentecostal pastor in Jersey City. He was found guilty last year of molesting a 13-year-old boy he knew through the church. Prosecutors say Martinez then fled to Nicaragua. reports ( he appeared in court in Jersey City Friday and was held without bail pending sentencing March 24.

Martinez is also facing additional charges after three 19-year-old men are also accused of him of sexual assault after first conviction.


This story has been corrected to show that Martinez was held in Honduras in August, not last week.

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