Silver Springs man sentenced to life for lewdness with a child

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Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter

Lyon County District Attorney Steve Rye announced Thursday the conviction of a Silver Springs man on child molestation charges.

On March 25, the Third Judicial District Court sentenced Craig Martin, 48, formerly of Silver Springs, to life in prison with parole eligibility after 10 years on two separate counts of Lewdness with a Child Under Fourteen Years of Age, in violation of NRS 201.230.

The District Court ordered the sentences to run consecutively, which means that Martin will not be eligible for parole for at least 20 years.

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In May 2015, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was called to an investigation alleging Martin was molesting a minor under 14 years of age in Silver Spring. Following the investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Craig Martin.

Martin was arrested in Arizona and extradited to Nevada for prosecution. Rye charges that Martin molested the child over a period of several years.

Craig Martin

“This sentence sends a strong message that child sexual abuse will not be tolerated in Lyon County,” Rye said. “This sentence sends a strong message that our community will protect victims and investigate, arrest and prosecute child molesters. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office takes these matters very seriously. Because of the Sheriff’s Office investigation, a trial was avoided and Mr. Martin pleaded guilty.”

Austin Lucia prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

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