EXCLUSIVE: Woodside Elementary Teacher Joe Martin Arrested for Sex Crimes Against Several Children

July 1, 2013 7:00 am · 199 comments



A long-time teacher at Woodside Elementary School in Concord was arrested on Thursday night at his home in Martinez for sex crimes against children, Claycord.com has learned.

Concord Police tell Claycord.com that on April 25, 2013, Concord Police Officers responded to Woodside Elementary School on San Simeon Drive regarding a report from school administration that a teacher, identified as Joe Martin, inappropriately touched a student. Officers then initiated a preliminary investigation into the allegations.

SVU Detectives conducted an extensive investigation over the course of the next eight weeks. The investigation involved multiple witness interviews and the identification and interviews of 12 juvenile victims who were current or former students of Martin. The juvenile victims’ ages ranged from 11 to 17 years old.

Based upon the results of the investigation, Detectives established probable cause to arrest Martin for multiple counts of committing a lewd act on a child, Penal Code section 288. Most of these acts are believed to have occurred at the school. On June 26, 2013, Detectives sought and obtained an arrest warrant from a local magistrate, as well search warrants for Martin’s residence and the classroom where he taught at the school.

On Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM, SVU Detectives arrested Martin at his home on Starflower Drive in the city of Martinez. Detectives subsequently served the search warrants at his residence and at the school.

On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, SVU Detectives will present the investigation to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office, who will review the investigation and determine if criminal charges will be filed against Martin.

The Concord Police say investigations of this nature involving adults who are the custodians of innocent children are particularly complex and troubling. Although Mr. Martin has not been formally charged, they say the case is still being actively investigated and additional victims and witnesses are being sought. Detectives say they are aware that there may be additional victims that will come forward now that this initial information has been released.

Martin, who has been a teacher at Woodside since 1991, has been described as “the cool & fun teacher” by former students. They say he would always let his students watch movies, and would always goof around with the kids. He was placed on paid administrative leave shortly before the school year ended while the police investigated the claims against him.

45-year-old Martin was booked into the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez for Lewd Acts with Minors and the Continuous Sexual Abuse of Minors.

Martin’s bail has been set at $3,950,000, according to police.

anon June 28, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Put a bullet in his head.

PH June 28, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Nice pics, and both with the same shirt. Now he gets to wear the same color every day.

Ghetto June 28, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Hang him slow like

Me June 28, 2013 at 9:35 PM

We all must remember that in our justice system it’s innocent till proven guilty by a jury of legal and sound citizens. It’s not Sharia Law where one is guilty till proven innocent.

City Girl June 28, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Holy sheeeeeet!!! That’s one of the highest bails I have ever heard!! There must be some pretty damning evidence.

oldman June 28, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Why do idiots like you think you need to remind us of the law. Our opinions are separate from the law. Get over it.

firefighters daughter June 28, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Speaking of this, any word on where Bruce Cottrell is and how many years before he gets out?

Jeff June 28, 2013 at 9:40 PM


Parsnip June 28, 2013 at 9:40 PM

One half the bail amount set for Ariel Castro who kidnapped, sodomized and held captive three girls in Cleveland for ten years.

You just might have a glimmer of hope!

Gross June 28, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Sickening that these creeps are in our children’s care when we are to believe they are educating our children.

Sabrina June 28, 2013 at 9:54 PM

This guy is done! I think his bail says it all. Tougher sentences for these jerks! Life in prison, or better yet, the death penalty! See ya!

Triple Canopy June 28, 2013 at 9:57 PM


He should be physically castrated, his nards stuffed in his mouth, kicked in the jaw, then forced to swallow them.

A double-tap candidate and I would gladly rid this filth from society.

anonanonagain June 28, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Pedophiles seek out jobs to have easy access to children. It makes me sick that these slime balls fool people into thinking that they are wonderful role models/teachers/bus drivers/day care workers/babysitters etc. etc.
I wish there was a test that could tell you immediately that they are a clear and present danger to children…….If he’s guilty, castration with a rusty knife.

ohreally65 June 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Firefighters Daughter,
Bruce Cotrell is rotting in prison for a great many more years… Move on.

ohreally65 June 28, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Totally agree and wish the very same test was administered to prospective parents prior to conception! Well said…

Kelly Remington June 28, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Damn, he was my 4th grade teacher like 13 years ago. He was the fun treachery that everyone wanted to have. This is so sad and disgusting. I feel so bad four the children and his family 🙁

enough is enough June 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM

a full check of teachers computers should be done, Porn addicts, PERVERTS AND all around SICKOS are plentiful in the Schools and after school sports coaches are the worst!

Hmmmm? June 28, 2013 at 10:43 PM

His Facebook page says he was married 2 years ago and has a new baby girl. Looks like he also has a another child. He lives very close to me :-(.

What he hell is wrong with people?

Never Turn Your Back June 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Kelly #16

“Treachery”….Freudian slip, there?

I know, it was probably auto-correct—-always making life sillier!!

..... June 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM

I had him years ago. He makes a movie with his class every year. He was always a little too friendly. I knew this day was coming.

anonanonagain June 28, 2013 at 10:53 PM

@ Ohreally65, well we have something in common. I agree with you. Unfortunately, any twit can have a baby and call themselves a parent. Sad……

Hey Oldman. Maybe because your fellow commentators... June 28, 2013 at 10:59 PM

…post crap like, “Put a bullet in his head.” and “Hang him slow like” within the first three comments. Wow. What meaningful opinions that needed to be shared with absolutely no one. Glad they found him guilty without a trial.

Don’t get mad at the messenger having to remind the idiots how the justice system works.

mdusd teacher June 28, 2013 at 11:02 PM

He always gave me the creeps at District meetings! If found guilty, hang him!

Anon June 28, 2013 at 11:16 PM

This absolutely sickens me. I know many people who had him as a teacher, including two of my nephews who enjoyed having him as a teacher. It seemed that he helped them enjoy school. This is disgusting and unbelievable! This shows that you never really know how someone is.

Art To Choke Hearts June 28, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Sick f*cking pervert. Nice “five-head”. its like the Solano drive in.

Hope he gets sodomized with a razor blade in jail.

…and is he wearing the same shirt in both his school photo AND mugshot?

Robin June 28, 2013 at 11:16 PM

It scares me to death when I read a statement like “I knew this day was coming”. If any child feels like your teacher is too friendly or acting inappropriately, you need to talk to a parent, another teacher, administrator or another adult you trust.

Kyle June 28, 2013 at 11:16 PM


Austin June 28, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I had 4th with him also. All of my friends told me that he was creepy, but I never thought any of the rumors were true. He got married and I was happy for him. Really sad to see him end up like this.

Robin June 28, 2013 at 11:28 PM

@mdusd teacher

Are you a troll or a real teacher? He gave you the creeps and you didn’t say something? Seriously?

If you work for the schools, – especially as a teacher, then you had better protect our children and report co-workers that you suspect of abuse or being ‘creepy’. When you get your credential you have signed an oath to protect our kids, if you suspect abuse, you must report.

You may not feel like it’s the ‘politically correct’ thing to do, but as teachers our job is to care for kids.

Former student June 28, 2013 at 11:28 PM

I’m actually one of his former students and honestly, I’m not all that surprised.

Duwana June 28, 2013 at 11:33 PM

I was a student of his. I can’t believe this. He was the best teacher in the whole school. I never saw anything but I guess he could have been to friendly to certain students. I can’t say he’s guilty becaus we don’t know yet. And he’s a real person so lets not execute him cyberlly until we find out.

Mt diablo district mom June 28, 2013 at 11:34 PM

He needs to have his #!%%##!! Cut off. And have a cell mate rape him daily!!
So sick!!

well.. June 28, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Maybe every parent should pay a couple hundred dollars at the beginning of every school year to pay for an aide that will be by the teachers side at all times so no child is ever left alone with an adult. Or every parent should donate one day a month to spend in the classroom.

No test or questionaire or computer search will ever weed out the bad seeds.

Listen June 28, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Once again politicians answer is background checks, … works wonders ONLY on those ALREADY convicted. How many times are kids discounted or not taken seriously? How about teaching kids what real world is, instead of teaching just to pass a government test.

Mdusd teacher June 28, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Well.. Who’s to say that an aide or parent wouldn’t ever be accused (or guilty!) of something like this. Unfortunately, there are people in all types of positions (clergy, teachers, hospital workers, coaches, electricians…), job titles are irrelevant. Fortunately, the incredible vast majority of teachers are responsible adults who couldn’t ever imagine doing anything like what Mr. Martin has been accused of doing. Woodside Elementary is a great school, it has great students, families, and staff. I feel terrible for the kids involved in this situation and terrible for his family. It’s a very unfortunate situation. Carry on, Wolves.

CLINTORIS June 29, 2013 at 12:16 AM

I also remember him from my elementary school years. Soft-spoken and nice, but came across as creepy IMO.

Anon June 29, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Please keep us updated with any further information regarding this case.

Robin June 29, 2013 at 12:53 AM

@mdusd teacher

Actually, job titles are not irrelevant and you may want to go read up on your “Notice of Duty to Report Child Abuse”. As a credentialed teacher if you ‘reasonably’ suspect anyone of abusing a child you have a legal, not to mention moral code of conduct you must follow:

Educator Rules of Conduct and Responsibilities

As the holder of a credential, certificate, or permit which authorizes you to work with, observe, or have knowledge of children as part of your official duties, you are required to report every instance of child abuse which becomes known to you or which you reasonably suspect to have occurred to a child with whom you have professional contact. You must report your observations to a Child Protective Agency immediately, or as soon as practicably possible, by telephone and send a written report to the Child Protective Agency within 36 hours after you become aware of the abuse of the child. Your duty to report is individual, and no supervisor or administrator may impede or inhibit your duty to report, although you may also report to your supervisor or administrator. Your failure to report instances of child abuse known or reasonably suspected to you is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail or by a fine of one thousand dollars ($1000) or both. Reference: California Penal Code Section 11166.5.


Nawbee June 29, 2013 at 12:55 AM

He was a teacher a Holbrook. He tried to befriend my son. I knew he was a pervert. I told him to stay away from my child. And I complained about him to the people in the office. But they ignore it. Now look. They could have put a stop to this man many years ago. My son thought I was crazy.

anon June 29, 2013 at 12:57 AM

everyone is so violent. all these thoughts go to murder, and this is supposed to be the sane “good” people? no wonder why its so hard for people to think and act right instead of doing evil,

teri June 29, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Anyone arrested for a crime like this, even if innocent, has a long road ahead. Two-thirds of us think the presumption of innocence is becoming lost in our nation’s legal system. http://www.saveservices.org/prosecutors/survey/ Ten percent of Americans have been falsely accused of child abuse, domestic violence, or sexual assault. http://www.saveservices.org/falsely-accused/survey/ And 43% of all wrongful convictions arose from misconduct by the prosecutor or other officials.http://www.saveservices.org/prosecutors/.

nytemuvr June 29, 2013 at 2:08 AM

He looks a lot happier in the second picture…a**hole. You pay if you play.

co-co-res June 29, 2013 at 5:36 AM

the public school system . . . get rid of it. seems like i read an article like this every week now about pervert teachers.

Transpo June 29, 2013 at 5:59 AM

If I were arrest based on probably cause (which can be anyone who makes an allegation true or false) I certainly wouldn’t want any of you on my jury. Assuming this guy is guilty, I agree put him to death. However, if he’s innocent his life is now ruined for good.

Anon June 29, 2013 at 6:07 AM

Sad how everyone here, must be OK to hate here even though people don’t know first hand what really happened. It reminds me of the Salem witch trials and just goes to show those who don’t remember history and doomed to repeat it.

Con June 29, 2013 at 6:26 AM

You really can’t report someone for being creepy. Try it someday, walk through the mall or some other public place and if you see someone that you think is creepy, call the police and see what they say.
On the other hand, if its more than simply a feeling, then there should be a report made. As teachers we must report any suspicions of abuse. I just don’t think that includes ‘creepiness.’
Based on the time period between the first report and the arrest, I would think that the police have some very serious evidence. This is horrible for everyone involved, and even those students who thought they wanted him as a teacher next year or in the future. Their trust has been broken, and they may not look at any male (or any) teacher the same again.
Aside from the clear heinous acts that may have occurred here, it’s the misuse of trust with children that effects a community so much. That one is tough to get past.

his old student June 29, 2013 at 6:32 AM

I had him like 13 years ago and he was a very nice teacher . I don’t think he ever did anything to any of our class mates .. he was a great teacher and always helped us out in everything. Made the class so much fun. It’s hard to believe that he would ever do this .. even when I was all grown up I still would go visit and he would never show any sign of being like that ..:/ idk its a hard situation. I hope he’s not guilty .. and if he is than honestly I feel very bad for all the inocent children 🙁 ..

Woodside Parent June 29, 2013 at 6:42 AM

My daughter had him in the 4th grade. I always thought there was something wrong with him….and a friend of mine would tell me he was the best teacher ever….I remember asking my daughter every day if he has ever touched her or say anything not normal, and I would remember the blank look she would give me….had to sit her down and explain to her that there’s sick people out in this world who do unthinkable things to innocent kids. Good thing; he never touched her!! Just sick in tired of these worthless people getting jobs as teachers and hurting our kids!!!! What is this world coming too

Con June 29, 2013 at 6:52 AM

@co co res.,
Disagree. There are over 1500 teachers ( I think) in the mdusd. How many have we heard a story about like this? 2? Great, damn all the other 1498 teachers and the positive effects they’ve had on thousands and thousands of kids because of one guy, and because the news tends to focus on the negative instead of the quality work that’s done everyday by so many others? Have a little perspective please.

Pope Pedophilius VII June 29, 2013 at 7:16 AM

@ 43 co co res … Yup, the public school system is full of pedophiles. A parent would be nuts to NOT send their kid to a private Catholic school instead. yea, yea, that’s the ticket.

Future Teacher June 29, 2013 at 7:49 AM

Interesting that so many people say he should die when the vote says most people are not in favor of capital punishment. I think when discussing capital punishment people forget about these creeps. It is sad to me that it took 12+ victims before this guy was taken to jail…

Parent June 29, 2013 at 7:57 AM

My kids were recent woodside students and both made many comments about being uncomfortable around this guy. They never had him as a teacher and didn’t know him well, but they knew he was “off” and told me so MANY times. I volunteered at the school a lot and I always wondered why the guy would NEVER look me in the eye… i was around him often, so that stood out to me. God bless his wife and baby girls…..praying for the 3 of them.

Anon2 June 29, 2013 at 7:59 AM

My heart goes out to the victims. Woodside and the community are warm and supportive and will need everyone’s support during this very difficult time.

We live in a country where we are assumed innocent until proven guilty. Let the court system do its job.

kfisch June 29, 2013 at 8:18 AM

My children never had him but he did play basketball with the 5th grade boys at lunch. My son said he was nice, friendly and a good teacher. I think it’s sad that so many people are so quick to pass judgment. I think we need to remember that the law says innocent until proven guilty and people have been wrongly accused of things before. I’m not saying that he is innocent or guilty but he has a wife and children who are victims of all of this too. All though i did think he was odd myself i am shocked by these charges and i am sad for everyone involved. I think that it is really tough to be a male teacher in an elementary school level and I think people in general are always subconsciously bothered by a male presence at that level. I have also heard that a child of a staff member of the school is one of the accusers, personally i think that in itself may have escalated the situation. I am curious to see what happens next.

Kellie June 29, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Years ago, my child was supposed to be in his class and was so excited about it. We were on an District Transfer and two days before school started we were told there was no room and we needed to find a new school. I was heartbroken and sick at the time. Now as I sit with tears streaming down my face, I thank GOD that my child was not in his class. I guess things DO happen for a reason!

Mdusd teacher June 29, 2013 at 8:39 AM

@con… Exactly. Mr. Martin– however creepy he may have been, and a lot of people didn’t see him as creepy at all. As stated, he was the teacher many students wanted to have. Obviously, whatever he may have done, he did secretly and nobody suspected. Teachers are obligatory reporters, something we all now. But just because someone is, doesn’t mean someone will slip through the cracks, and be a bad guy. Sadly, this guy represents teachers — yet he doesn’t represent me or many others. Most sad, people forget there are victims who need healing.

Joe Blow June 29, 2013 at 8:47 AM

@ mt diablo district mom
While i believe “IF” he is found guilty he should be sentenced to a very lengthy prison sentence, even life without parole, your barbaric idea of punishment is a bit extreme. Everyone re read her post and ask yourself, is this what we as a society have come to?

Theo Omordha June 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

None of you are calling out the administration that is responsible for allowing this fellow to continue. While he should be held to answer for his actions, so should the folks who hired him, investigated him, vetted him and allowed him to act apparently for nearly two plus decades. No one can possibly imagine that his fellow workers, neighbors, staff and associates did not have more than just a hint of impropriety. If they did not have it, then there is something wrong with the system that allows this continuous failure to happen in our schools. Everyone connected with this should be investigated and actions similar to those directed against the teacher should be applied. Zero tolerance. Get rid of the bunch. Exile them all to another state, like Mississippi or Utah.

the other jj June 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM

this is when justice is done in the prison system,,by the inmates

Former woodside student June 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM

I use to go there 3 years ago honestly people putting rude comments honestly you guys really disgust me and not mr martin. How cruel can you guys be to him he is still not proven gulity and you guys say horrifing things to happen to him. When I was still in woodside he was a great teacher to have. Honestly until I see paperwork n bewritten or verbial accustions I wont believe that a great teacher like him is guilty. he is INNOCENT til proven guilty. I am very sad to hear something like this. And I rest my case I wont simply beileve it til he is proven guilty.

Pleasant Jenny June 29, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Two of my sons had him as a teacher. They are off in college & beyond now. We’ve been on the phone all morning talking about how people like this create a fun environment/friendship where you feel safe. Just like Michael Jackson, Sanduski, etc…Then you are confused when you get hurt. This is all so sick and sad.

P-hill lovin June 29, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I AM BLOWN THE FK AWAY! He was my 4th grade teacher, my class was actually his first teaching job ever but claycord got it wrong, he has not been at woodside since 91 because I had him in 92 at Valhalla elementary in pleasant hill!!!!

Seriously in disbelief but that is so filthy, a teacher myself in the special Ed field I could not even imagine someone taking advantage of a small child . I have goosebumps and I am utterly disgusted by this and him. If this is true then OMG haul that mother fkr to jail! I am also so sad because he was such an amazing teacher. But I’m 30 now and he was my teacher many moons ago! Wow can not describe this. Interesting enough I am friends with this man on Facebook and for halloween he was a convict, coincidence???

Howard K Mullins III June 29, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Once convicted, he should be put to death.

John and Sarah June 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Joe Blow we agree with Mt diablo district mom! So what’s your point? We have 4 kids, do you have any? If you do, how would you feel if something like that happened to them????

Cartman June 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Boil him.

Woodside Mom June 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM

@ former Woodside student: well said! I will not pass judgment on Mr. Martin until he is convicted and we have real information. My daughter was in his class this year and I worked closely with him. He is a good man at heart and an amazing teacher. The allegations are not clear-cut at all in this case so let’s not destroy a man, a family and a community before we know more.

Scene It June 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM

for people saying innocent until…. we don’t know…. there are SO many kids involved in this , all of us whose kids went through Woodside KNOW someone or more !!! This happened, get it out of your head it may be a mistake. They dont’ do a 4 million bail for no reason. This is maybe one of the biggest teacher molestations in this county. It’s only going to get worse.

The district has a lot of liability in this… just wait until THAT story surfaces.

Ricardoh June 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Maybe the guy is a creep but the DA hasn’t even decided to file charges yet and we don’t know exactly what he did.

Carla June 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Joe taught my sons 4th grade class in the 90’s and has been a friend of mine for years. (the last 15 years long distance friends) He was everyones favorite teacher. I am very sad to hear this news. Very difficult to hear. I’ve spoken to my son, Joe never touched him. To say that I am in shock is an understatement

Dog Meat June 29, 2013 at 11:10 AM

I have a friend who teaches at woodside. The girls didn’t have anything to worry about, it was the boys who had to watch out.

Snow White's Favorite June 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Why are there so many haters out there? My son had Mr. Martin as a teacher 10+ years ago. He was not creepy or any of the things that people are portraying him as. He was the best teacher my son had ever had. He engaged the kids in learning which is more than I can say for many past teachers my four kids had in their K-12 years. Several years ago I ran into him at the school, on a weekend, preparing for the next week. Not only did he remember my child but he also remembered my name and we chatted for quite a while.
He deserves his day in court. This is America after all.

MDUSD Grad June 29, 2013 at 11:42 AM

I had Mr. Martin in 4th grade many years ago. He was always a little weird, and we joked around that he was probably gay (he wasn’t yet married). I chalked it up to us being immature 4th graders. If the allegations are true (and with this many kids, hard to see how they aren’t), then this is terrible. I find it interesting how so many of his former students, myself included, aren’t shocked by these revelations.

J. June 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

I doubt if he’ll be posting bail.

Jessica June 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM

@ Snow Whites Favorite – Umm, I’m sorry ‘haters’ ? Are you smoking crack? Would you feel that way if your child was abused by this sick f*ck? This guy wasn’t arrested for picking golden poppies, or jay walking… He was arrested for molesting / abusing CHILDREN & HE’S A TEACHER. You know the people you trust your children with? The people who are supposed to help teach, and care for your kids? He wouldn’t be arrested for such allegations and set with such a high bail if there wasn’t enough evidence to nail his balls to the wall. An admin. called this in, and there was eight weeks of investigation that went on prior to his arrest. I bet your one of those people who also believe people like this can be rehabilitated too, right? I can’t say he doesn’t deserve his day in court because he should have to be identified as what he is, and have to answer to someone, but seriously once they convict his ass he should die slowly & painfully. PERIOD. I don’t think we should waste any money or energy trying to help people like this / people who do these types of crimes. All of them should die. & before the hippies come after my comment with ” he too could have been abused, what about his childhood” F*CK HIS CHILDHOOD, or whatever it was he went through. You don’t have to be a product of your environment unless you choose to be. And also, just to educate you a little bit a lot of criminals (of all types of crimes) come across as caring, concerned, active members of communities…They are like chameleons, they blend into their surroundings so that they aren’t so quick to be identified for what / who they truly are.

teri June 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Unfortunately, in American today, a “day in court” means the accused could face a prosecutor. without integrity: http://www.prosecutorintegrity.org/ I know a young man who is in jail right now facing these kinds of charges. I believe with all my heart that he’s innocent. And knowing what he faces…I’m terrified for him.

dakota stewart June 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Actually had him in 4th grade, remember him being an awesome teacher, so this is quite surprising to read..

alexandra June 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM

I am so surprised and disgusted by this all. it’s so sad to think of the innocent children hurt through all this…It also makes me sad to think of all the people on here leaving these horrible comments. What he did was awful, and yes, if proven guilty he deserves to be punished, but I don’t understand the horrible comments of some people. He clearly has something wrong with him and although NOTHING would EVER make his actions okay, it’s important to hold onto some empathy for him and everyone in the situation…”an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”..? I just think it is far more important to focus on the children and their healing rather than being filled with hate and saying things like castrate him. I understand it’s hard to not want to go kill the guy, and especially those with young kids at the school.. It just seems that there are better, and more positive ways to use our energy, whether it be spreading awareness so these things could be prevented in the future, talking to the district about more supervision in classrooms, ect, helping the children and their families recover from this…those all seem like more important things right now.

Jessica June 29, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I understand everyone is entitled to their opinion (regardless of how ignorant it may be), but seriously I can’t believe some of the comments on here… You think it’s hasty / barbaric that people want this man killed for what he did if proven guilty? I think its crazy that some people think people like this could be rehabilitated or even DESERVE rehabilitation / a comfy prison stay after what he did. I think ALL child molesters, rapists, pedophiles, etc. should die slow. No questions about it.

Jessica June 29, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I DOUBT he is innocent, but if he is I will personally apologize to the guy but I doubt he is.

Lime Ridge June 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM

“I remember asking my daughter every day if he has ever touched her or say anything not normal, …had to sit her down and explain to her that there’s sick people out in this world who do unthinkable things to innocent kids. ”

Unfortunately, that is just not enough in today’s world. Parents who really care about their children need to ask them several times a day if anyone has ever touched them or said anything not normal. A good way to make sure you are being a vigilant parent is to set an egg-timer to go off every hour so you can sit down and ask your children whether or not they have been molested.

And you can’t just take “No” for an answer. You need to explicitly explain to them what you mean and keep asking them until they tell you the truth.

That is the only way to protect our children.

shenanigans June 29, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Almost every comment is about what should happen to the person being accused, and as a mother of a victim of crime, I agree with most of you. But can we for one minute focus on the kids who are the victims of this heinous crime? It is going to be a long hard road to recovery for these children, and it’s going to take patience and understanding of how their trust in adults has been violated. Sexual crimes turn a family upside down and because people find it easier to hate the perpetrator, the emotional support these families need goes unnoticed.

I just want to say to the parents or to the child who has been victimized by the man accused, this is NOT your fault. You had every right to believe that you were safe in this persons presence. I know you are scared and are feeling afraid to speak out, don’t be. By telling your story you are helping other families/children. Parents, the county has some great resources like victim’s advocates and therapy services. Do not delay or think you don’t need therapy….you do. Help your kiddos by showing them they can trust you to help them through this. This is going to be a very tough time as the investigation continues and court proceedings begin.

We as a community need to remember that our time and energy should be focused on helping these kids, not wasted on Mr. Martins fate. The bail amount should speak for its self, he’s not going anywhere. Let the court system take it from here. Please reach out to the families, they need support and caring words. A home cooked meal and a hug goes a long way in lending some support.

@Kellie June 29, 2013 at 12:54 PM

So following your line of reasoning, these children were sexually assaulted for a reason? Maybe things DO happen for a reason…

A.H. June 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM

@Jessica I think people’s concern with the “burn him alive” witch-hunt chanting is that he has not yet received trial for his actions. I cannot speak for everybody on here, but I would imagine that almost everybody believes a convicted child molester deserves severe punishment (let alone his/her enablers, in this case such as the district or other suspicious but otherwise inert parties).

I believe many people also acknowledge that at face value, the bail and the number of children who have come out against him are very clear indicators that some substantial wrong was done (which you have acknowledged, doubting his innocence). The point of reserving judgement, hateful speech etc. until after Martin has received a trial is so that we never have to worry about having to say “sorry”, do not have to make comments that could be very hurtful to his family, peers or Martin himself if he is found innocent; apologies or not, those comments and words will never go away.

Let’s wait for the trial, hear the verdict, and then cast our stones if necessary. Let’s save our current words (and prayers) for the twelve children who felt that they were victims of his actions, appropriate or inappropriate as they were.

Snow White's Favorite June 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Jessica. You must be an awesome nearly perfect person since you are throwing so many stones around. You don’t know me so keep your opinions, of me, to yourself.

Carla June 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM

So difficult to hear such harsh comments about this man who has been my friend for a long time. I know his parents as well. Very nice, good people. At this moment I am in shock. I never had weird feelings around Joe, ever! He helped my family a lot when we were struggling. He introduced me to Christ. He was there when I was baptized. I can’t believe all this. Not saying I don’t believe, it’s just so hard to wrap my head around this news. I am so disappointed. I feel so bad for his family. I’m sure they were shocked too!! The fact that there are so many counts and bail is set so high, I believe it must be true, as much as I don’t want to. I also feel for the children and their families. They will need lots of help to heal from this abuse. I am completely in shock and so disappointed, confused. Before you hate me and say crap about my post please know that I had no idea this was going on and my sympathy is with the children who were abused by my “friend”. Also his wife and babies and his parents. They are hurting too so please remember that as you post. Thanks

Sabrina June 29, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Sometimes you have to think outside of the box. If there is school teacher (especially male, especially elementary school) who likes kids “A LITTLE TOO MUCH”, that’s a red flag! The best teachers are strict, but not too strict. They’re strict because they care, and they want the child to LEARN! Teachers are not there to be friends with the kids. That’s as pathetic as parents wanting to be friends with their children. WATCH OUT FOR THE TEACHER THAT “EVER KID WANTS.” There’s usually a reason behind it, and in this case, perhaps a pedophile?

former woodside student June 29, 2013 at 2:32 PM

like i said before dont judge him if you dont know the full story. i’m only 14 years old . i believe no man woman or child should be sexually harrassed but i know that teacher he was the best teacher i know. i had him 3 years ago roughly its hard to believe that he did a crime like that. my sibling also had mr martin and she is devasted by the news because we both know he is and was a great teacher. so before you right hateful comments think how would you feel to read those comments brcause i know damn well i would be sad. think also he has a family how do you think his wife and kids feel… dont judge him if he is guilty ima be disappointed but if he is innocent ima support him because this ruined his life. and for all to the closed mind people think and react before you say hatered comments.

ANON June 29, 2013 at 2:33 PM

@Robin and everyone else speaking to the teachers in MDUSD:

The teachers did report these suspicions, starting several years ago, there was even an investigation several years ago by MDUSD (according to them) and nothing ever happened.

The latest incident was also very poorly handled by the principal and school district, in fact I feel that they tried to cover it up. The police received very little cooperation from the “higher ups” and principal at Woodside in their investigation. In fact the police stopped working with them and started interviewing others, such as the teachers and students and parents. This is the only reason that Mr. Martin is facing charges.

I don’t know if this is a result of trying to avoid lawsuits or what the issue is with these big groups such as MDUSD, Penn State Football, Moraga School District. It seems that there is a complete fail on putting the safety of our children first.

But I can with supreme confidence say that the Woodside teachers were not to blame and if the school district tries to make them the fall guys on this one the house will get burned to the ground.

My advice is the fire the principal at Woodside, she is a complete idiot and lacks leadership skills needed in all areas concerning this incident. I would also hold responsible the district higher ups as well, for their poor handling of this situation, to this day there has never been ANY action on their part. It angers me to know this.

It takes courage in a hostile environment like this one to come forward and to get this in the open, these children, parents and teachers deserve our support.

down and out June 29, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Most likely this man is innocent and the kids are just making this story up. Happens all the time. Even if the did the acts, so what? It’s a waste of taxpayer dollars to prosecute him. No one was killed or hurt.

anonanonagain June 29, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Pedophiles are great at making others feel safe and wonderful around them. They are adept at worming their way into the hearts of the parents and the children to gain closer access to them. They gain their trust and their faith. We then wonder why we didn’t see any signs? He was so nice and cared so much for the kids?? Guess what?? That’s what pedophiles do!

anonanonagain June 29, 2013 at 3:19 PM

@ Down and out, you must either be a troll or very unwell human being.
“No one was killed or hurt?” you say? If true, this scumbag has stolen their innocence, robbed them of feeling normal and being able to trust again. He has violated them in ways unimaginable. This is rape of a child. If you don’t get that, if you are just trying to make this sound harmless, then you must be one of “those” men……..

a mothers heart June 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Carla, I’m with you. Still in shock. I am a Woodside parent and my child was his student. I am going to hold off judgement until I hear more evidence, but I will say, I felt comfortable around him, volunteered in his class, and yes, it was fun but also very well organized. My child learned a lot, was held accountable for late, missing assignments, tardiness and disrespectful behavior. I never, ever saw anything inappropriate, and of the many kids I know who are talking about this, they didn’t either. I felt he had a sincere concern for his students. I am a fb friend, and all of his posts are about his family. Innocent or guilty, I am frustrated with the district for not contacting us, and offering advice or counseling for the kids coping to understand this, as well as advice for us parents, as to how we talk to our children. Please no nasty comments in response, we are hurt enough already. Feeling betrayed by the district……but I love Woodside and the teachers. I am feeling like,this has become a witch hunt….funny how NOW everyone comes out with the negative comments. If my child were in a class where I felt a need to ask them daily if they were molested, or if ANY of their teachers made me uncomfortable, I would demand to have them switched….so to those saying ” I knew it”, shame on you.

Claycordite June 29, 2013 at 3:56 PM

@down and out- He could very well be innocent. Kids do make up stories, BUT I believe the investigations were not held in public and each kid had his own story, no group conference here to bring out the facts. Let’s let the court handle how these various stories are presented, protecting the involved children as they should be.

Mary June 29, 2013 at 4:11 PM

He was my fourth grade teacher! I’m 22now & now that I think bak he was to friendly and was to nice! He always had the cool class room everyone wanted to be in his class also my two sisters had him!

Mr John June 29, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Take the outrage and do something to stop future crimes. We can’t undue what has been done, but we can donate time ( or money) to help fight these things in the future. Or is all this outrage more about sounding righteous than being a part of the right side of the fight? If all you’re doing is talking, you can’t care that much.

Former woodside student June 29, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Whats your defintion of creepy? Because he loves teaching his students. he was one of my favorite teacher in elementary school. Peole or kids of had them years before like me would say he was the best teacher why because he acuattly encouraged us to work not like other teachers. Until I hear one of the victims says it not there parent but them alone. So I dont know why people be sayin he has been doing that for several years because when I was there he didnt do that when my older sibling that is 22 right now when my sibling went to woodside she didnt see the creepyy behavior

Dad June 29, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I had 2 kids with him 10 + years ago, always thought he was a gay. Really sad… he could have stayed on the gay side and not moved to kids. The bail is the key, bad stuff went on…..

Dad June 29, 2013 at 5:21 PM

“The latest incident was also very poorly handled by the principal and school district, in fact I feel that they tried to cover it up”

This blog is going to the DA

Dad June 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM

“down and out June 29, 2013 at 2:51 PM
Most likely this man is innocent and the kids are just making this story up. Happens all the time. Even if the did the acts, so what? It’s a waste of taxpayer dollars to prosecute him. No one was killed or hurt”

YOU ARE SICK and I think doing the same thing, The DA will find out who you are.

ANON June 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Pedophiles are good at fitting in. The make sure they blend in, fit on so they can go about their horrible deeds. Just because he didn’t go after all of his students, doesn’t mean he didn’t do it. Pedophiles “groom” their subjects. The ones that catches their attention. The ones that they hope will bring the least amount of attention to themselves. So many tales over the years of teachers, uncles, neighbors who were so nice, gentle, decent people who wouldn’t touch a fly!!! When they have served their time in jail, they have to live somewhere………

Aghast....... June 29, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Dad @ 97 “he could have stayed on the gay side and not moved to kids.”

Are you kidding me?? That was such an ignorant, hateful statement. Shame on you……

Anonmom June 29, 2013 at 5:35 PM

To many of Mr. Martin’s former students who have posted here. How great of a teacher could he have possibly been? Your spelling, punctuation and grammar are awful.

Kai June 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM

I learned from Woodside years ago myself….I learned don’t trust teachers. My daughter and I both wanted a certain teacher (not Mr. Martin), and she got her for third grade. I was excited. Only two years later did I find out what went on in the classroom. The teacher had favorites and openly mocked students in the classroom. She told the kids not to talk about it, and they didn’t. I found out by accident two years later. At least one student was cutting herself in third grade because of the hostile environment in the classroom. My daughter’s self esteem plummeted because this teacher told her she was stupid. Parents, this was also a teacher that everyone wanted. The ‘good’ teacher. We had many great teachers at Woodside, but any school can have bad actors. We left after that experience and went to a private school where I could really be involved. This abused student of mine is now an elementary ed major and takes the responsibility to report abuse very seriously. She is hyper vigilant, perhaps because of her experiences. The majority of the teachers are good, some are great, and most would never want to hurt a child. It is up to both parents and educators to be vigilant. So sad to even say that, but when it comes to innocent kids we cannot be too careful. These incidents result in harm that is life-long.

Kellie June 29, 2013 at 5:49 PM

@#82…How dare you imply I believe the children were sexually assaulted for a reason! I was merely referring to us leaving Woodside. It is A-holes like you who have nothing better to do than pick apart someone else’s comment that usually keep me from reading Claycord!

Joe Blow June 29, 2013 at 6:29 PM

@ John and Sara, my point being
1. What did happen? Do you know, please share,
2. How about we try and convict him before we go cutting off his @#$% and having him A@# F!@##$ed every day.
3. If that is the penalty society wants to encourage,,,,,well, not sure what to say about that!
4. If I have kids or not is not relevant to my opinion to the punishment you nice people want to occur.
5. If it was my kid and he or she was truly molested, a simple .22 to the temple would suffice.

that’s my point

Nawbee June 29, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Like I said before I reported him many years ago when he was at Holbrook elem. everyone is talking about how nice Mr.Martin is . Of course he’s nice he’s trying to get kids and parents to trust him. I remember he would have a boy spend the night at his house. I knew this boys step-dad and I couldn’t understand why they ever let their son go to his house. They need to follow up on him when he was at Holbrook. This man is the biggest p.o.s. And another thing to the person who said kids lie. Well read the article it’s more then 1 child. Why would they lie ? Especially if this teacher was so nice

J. June 29, 2013 at 6:50 PM

He is Gay if he’s having intercourse with little boys.

uuuuugggghhhh June 29, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I won’t mention the school but there is a teacher
at my kids school who I am sure will be
shown to be a pedophile. His behavior
and friendships particularly with girls is plain creepy.
Too bad it will take someone speaking up
to finally bust him. This gives me hope though.

Con June 29, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Don’t be an ass and try to somehow equate being gay with being a pedophile. That simply shows how ignorant you are.
If this guy did what he’s accused of then he deserves a severe punishment. If others turned a blind eye as well, then they too likely broke the law and should also be punished.

shenanigans June 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM

@89 You are a twisted and sick human being. Someone must really hate their life to leave comments like yours. I hope you never have children.

ChampagneKitty June 29, 2013 at 7:39 PM

to J #107: Not necessarily. Most pedofiles are heterosexual.

Past student June 29, 2013 at 7:43 PM

I had Mr. Martin for 4th grade about eight years ago and he was the best teacher I have ever had. I can’t say that I am surprised by this though. I have to admit he was a little too friendly with a couple of students in my class. My heart goes out to all the victims and their families who have been hurt by Mr. Martin. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Mr. Martin’s family.

cece June 29, 2013 at 8:03 PM

I was one of his former students and im not surprised. He had a homework club after school everyday i think. He always used to come up to kids when we were on the computer and pat and rub our backs he never did it to me but other students. I knew he was trouble. He also has his former students on his facebook and always held events at school to meet up with his former students, and i find that really creepy. I cant believe I was actually in his class, good thing nothing happened to me.

Jessica June 29, 2013 at 8:22 PM

@ Snow White – I am not perfect, and never claimed to be. I am flawed like every other living thing on this planet. I curse when I get upset, I have ran a red light or two, I drank before I was 21, and I skipped class sometimes. However nothing I have ever done is comparable to child molestation. Your “so many haters comment” just blew my mind. THIS WAS PEOPLES CHILDREN, do you understand that? Lives were affected ad will forever be affected from this man’s disgusting actions… You just brush it off like its no big deal and that is disgusting to me. You are the reason I think not everyone deserves the PRIVLEGE to procreate, & quite frankly I will speak my opinion on anyone / everything I feel the need too. However you are not the conversation piece here, so I will let you and your ignorance be.

I am deeply sorry for every family / child who has been hurt or affected by this monster. I hope all children / family involved get whatever help is needed to get past this tragedy in their lives, and move forward from this & not let this man’s horrific actions define them. I have a six your old son, and I couldn’t imagine going through something like this.

Teacher June 29, 2013 at 8:26 PM

#108. If you believe there is a problem teacher where your child goes, you have a responsibility to report it. Why would you wait until it is too late to say you knew something was wrong!

RickyD June 29, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Thoughts and prayers to the victims. Sadly this is nothing new. Someone in my family was a teacher at a elementary school where the “award winning” , “innovative” , everybody’s favorite principal was a molester and making kiddie porn at the school. The big red flag was that in addition to being principal he was also the girls’ cheerleading coach :

When I was in Jr high there was one male teacher that was quite popular with the kids and some parents. It was obvious at the time he had particular favorite boys that he lavished attention on and developed closer relationships with their families to gain access. Looking back, the warning was that he did not get along at all with the other teachers – always leaving his room open during lunch time for kids to join him for lunch – never eating with the other teachers, many of whom would make snide comments about him. He got booted from the Jr high under a cloud and ended up at a high school where a few years later he was charged with molestation.

As a father myself, all I can say is to trust your gut and know that your average man isn’t all that interested in being a friend or dad to other people’s kids. When someone else is as interested (or more) than you are in your own kid’s lives – look out – and never be afraid to speak up if you aren’t comfortable.

P-hill lovin June 29, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Still crazy and sad to hear because he was honestly my favorite teacher ever. He got us all into drama and he was always uplifting and fun! Never touched me or any of my friends (just told all my former friends about this) and just in disbelief. I know he has two young daughters, both under the age of 3. Who knows tho, that bail is extremely high which usually means damning evidence!


Pleasant Jenny June 29, 2013 at 8:57 PM

My boyz – again; former students – and I are now awaiting follow up. Too many stories here on Claycord ( and Mayor you know I love you ) have no follow up. We are part of this as are many of your readers. Please follow this story to the end.

Former woodside student June 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM

@anonmom well im not in a grammar punctation or spelling contest here im trying to get a message through many closed minded people like you and for your information he taught very well. He never touched anyone in our class and my sibling class. I dont believe he did that because I went there in 2008 and my sibilings went there in 2002. Also my friends had him in 2008 so thats why I believe he is innocent. But if he is guilty ima be disappointed. And @anonmom if my spelling grammar and punctation bothers you o well because I right how I right for a reason.

Pleasant Jenny June 29, 2013 at 9:49 PM

ps: “past student at #113”. You are obviously a girl and very smart at that!

Woodside Mom June 29, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Although my children never had Mr. Martin, I must say that Woodside is a fabulous school. The teachers are amazing, motivating, and provide rigorous curriculum. Before Woodside, my children attended a local private school…what a waste of a year! Their standards were far behind and my children had to play catch up the year we entered Woodside. My childrens’ teachers truly care about them and provide an engaging learning environment. I can’t say enough about this fabulous staff!!! Thank you Woodside!

Anonymous June 29, 2013 at 10:35 PM

What Mr. Martin may/or may not have done is up to a jury to decide. Please be kind in your remarks. Remember he has a family whom he has also hurt very badly. My heart goes out to them as well as all the families and the children involved. I worked with him at Holbrook and felt that he had a fabulous career in the future as his classes were so well behaved and he was so enthused about teaching as a young teacher.

John and Sarah June 29, 2013 at 11:19 PM

@ Joe Blow the. 22 to the temple is a nice touch especially for someone who thinks a man getting what he deserves in prison “rape” is barbaric!! Nice try

John and SaraH* get it right…..

anon June 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

PARENTS OF VICTIMS PLEASE don’t think that because your child doesn’t talk about it that they don’t need to, or that they don’t need help – they do. There are feelings of shame and humiliation, and it’s really difficult to talk to anyone about it, even mom or dad. They need to know they are ‘safe’ talking to you. Don’t freak out when you hear something horrific, and don’t say you’re going to kill him. That will just make them worry about you going to jail. Then they won’t feel safe talking to you about it.

They need to be validated, they need to be heard, they need to know that they did nothing wrong, that they are protected and safe, that he cannot get them. They need to know that if they have feelings of guilt because they helped get him in trouble, those feelings are just a result of his manipulation. They are helping others, they are protecting others by reporting this crime.

Please get professional help. It’s not something they will just ‘get over’ or forget about as time goes by. It’s much easier to deal with it now rather than later.

Shocked June 29, 2013 at 11:30 PM

I am both sad and shocked by the news of this. I have two children who had Mr. Martin. He was a great teacher and a dedicated one at that. My children are saddened by the news of these allegations. You people are passing judgment on someone whom most of you have never met. I helped in his classroom and saw what he did for many children so before you are ready to hang him, lets hear the facts first.

LOL June 29, 2013 at 11:38 PM

LOL, I wouldn’t want to be a teacher these days…

I wouldn’t prejudge this person. He could very well be a toucher, or not, but the fact remains, in this day and age, any teacher could go down for these claims. This is a corrupt society which I’m glad not to be apart of.

I’m looking for the nukes to clean house….

Joe Blow June 29, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Jon and sara,
I’m talking a simple execution if found guilty you’re speaking of torture.

nice try

Student from last year June 30, 2013 at 12:13 AM

I had Mr.Martin last year and I never really cared for him but my friends and I kind of always that he was weird and my friends all thought he was gay because of the way he acted to the guys. It always seemed he favored them the most. We all knew this was going to come down we all had a feeling about this.

John and Sarah June 30, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Jo plow An eye for an eye!!! If he is found guilty, were those poor children not tortured in your eyes??

Gabriel LeBaron June 30, 2013 at 5:02 AM

My Daughter attended Woodside Elementary this year and graduated from his class… I knew he was weird the moment he sent home pics of his baby home with my daughter.. another red flag alert was he made my daughter an 11×14 heart valentine for valentines day… I THINK THIS IS HORRIBLE THAT THE SCHOOL DID NOTHING TO NOTIFY ANY OF US PARENTS WHEN THEY FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS IN APRIL… I HOPE ALL THE PARENTS GET TOGETHER AND SUE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT… IM HORRIFIED AT THIS AND HOW THE DISTRICT COULD NOT GIVE US THE OPTION TO DROP OUR CHILDREN….

corncerned citizen June 30, 2013 at 5:03 AM


Gabriel LeBaron June 30, 2013 at 5:07 AM




J. Phipps June 30, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Joe Martin was my son’s 4th grade teacher @ Woodside. I’m having A LOT of difficulty w/this news. Joe Martin, if U did these Horrific things, may U ROT IN HELL, SLOWLY!!!!!

Sensible June 30, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Thank goodness that THIS principal took action (called Police) to end the alleged abuse! I’m sure the parents were not notified because it was an ongoing investigation and the principal was probably following orders from Legal at the district office.

Woodside Mom June 30, 2013 at 9:35 AM

The good news: There is NO WAY he’ll be returning to our school!! Maybe now there will be a position for Miss Robinet to come back!

FormerStudent June 30, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Wow, He was my 4th grader teacher 8 years ago ._. I always thought he was Gay I didn’t see this coming I mean he was wired and friendly ,TOO FRIENDLY but I always knew there was something up with him.

anon June 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I lost track of which comment it was, sorry, but I have a request. Please do not make statements like, “you have to watch out for male elementary school teachers.” You have to be careful for the sake of your children but a person’s gender and choice of profession should not automatically make them suspect. I have many colleagues who are fantastic teachers and I hate that simply being male puts them in a suspect category.
Thank you.

Big Al June 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Hang the Bastard! ECV

Shabnam June 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM

I was in Mr. martins class this year. Mr. Martin always looked weird to me. He would always say “I love you” to the class and he would also say “you are the best class I’ve ever had.” My kindergarten bestie and I really wanted Mr. Martin as my teacher ever since I found out he was a teacher. Until my cousins friend told me that he touched kids and she warned me and told me to stay away. Then I was scared… Until I got him, and I met him, and I just thought she made it up to scare me.. Until a while after he would in comfortably touch kids… Mostly boys. I was FREAKED!! So I believe Mr. Martin is guilty! >:(

Shabnam June 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I had him this year and I truly thought he was gay but my friend would say “how is he gay if he has a wife, and two children?”

I'm glad to see this much anger June 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

…because in the 60’s-70’s at my area school something like this was encouraged and the ones who knew were sworn to secrecy. I wasn’t one of the “cool” people who officially knew, but it was obvious something was going on plus the fact that the peers of the student in question whispered about it quite a bit on the playground.

So everyone suspected but I didn’t know for sure until the early 90’s when I was told what happened after an unofficial reunion of the class. This is what I was told: What we all saw and suspected was indeed grooming of the girl student starting around 4th grade. They had a relationship that was approved by her mother and the school had knowledge of this and did nothing. They eventually married when she became legal, had kids and were divorced not long after.

What I saw: A tall, blonde “C” (always average) student was his favorite and they flaunted it. She was smug and often bragged about their “special” relationship and that the school understood (This is grooming). Meanwhile the smarter, quieter, girls and boys were mostly ignored or treated with disdain. I did overhear some pretty damning whispers and when the “cool” girls saw me listening I was threatened that anyone who told would get into big trouble. Frightened into silence. Then beat up every day by their tough friend.

Unfortunately I know of a few other stories like this. But the thread connecting them (other than geographic) was that there were people in charge who sanctioned it and kept the secret. Maybe I’ll tell those other stories when the next perp is arrested.

And when you think you’ve heard it all a story like the following one comes along. Not for the faint of heart, but read it anyways. In news of the Catholic Church:


“Vatican Rentboy and Satanism Claims Revealed by Paedophile Priest Don Patrizio Poggi

Serving and former priests hired rentboys for sex in churches from pimp who sold consecrated hosts to satanists, says defrocked clergyman”

“Poggi told the police: “I decided to file this complaint and cooperate with the law after long reflection and after a painful history of abuse and misuse of power that I have overcome thanks to the faith that guides me.”

The 46-year-old, who has complained that the Vatican refused to reinstate him after he completed his prison sentence, added: “I feel obliged to protect the Holy Church and the Christian community since I am aware of grave facts that undermine their integrity and break canon and penal law.”

Poggi has reportedly handed the names of 20 alleged child abusers in the Roman clergy – including four serving priests and a Monsignor – to the authorities.”

So sorry to hear this..... June 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Praying for the families that are affected by this situation. We are all supposed to feel that when we send our children to school they are safe. Unfortunately, this is not always true. You will never know how many children were affected by this because parents are afraid to put their children through the growling task of testifying. This is a rock and hard place situation. God Bless the children! They have to know that if someone does inappropriate actions to them to tell their parents. They are the people who will go to bat for you.

Grace June 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Grace….it’s what we need more of in this world. I would like to think that there would be enough people out there on a jury that would WAIT and see what the evidence is before passing judgment. I have known Joe since he two and it hurts me to see some of these nasty, vulgar comments. Is he guilty? WAIT!! Be patient! Bail is set high to ensure he is not going anywhere until the investigation is over and because of the amount of people involved. The DA hasn’t even filed any charges and you have already condemned him! My own family has been on the receiving end of people ganging up and trying to burn us at the stake…just because there was more “power” being with the side with more numbers. My husband had 3 women decide they didn’t like him at the job because he was too strict….the result…..let go.I even had a restraining order served on me by an ex daughter in law for mentioning the work “God” in an e-mail to her. Supposedly she was so offended and threatened! I was embarrassed to say the least and felt “dirty” for having to go to court to defend myself. So what I’m trying to say is…is if you have NEVER been on the receiving end of accusations or injustice, it is VERY difficult to dig out from underneath the heaping coals ESPECIALLY if you are NOT guilty. And by the way, the results of our trials as a family was complete victory and justice. Our life now is better for it, but it was a difficult path to travel.
This is devastating to his WONDERFUL, outstanding family. If this whole thing was a misunderstanding, his career he worked so hard for is OVER…and if it was a misunderstanding, I hope HE sues the district and the people who accused him wrongly. I may have to eat my words, but I don’t think so.
It’s easy to wish someone harm and ill as revenge….it’s even harder to pray for them if they are guilty. I struggle with this every time I am wronged. Please, please, please….watch your language and what you “wish” to happen to someone. Someday you may be in that seat as well as one of your children and then you’ll be singing a different tune.

a mothers heart June 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM

@ sensible….I noticed you put the word “THIS” principal in caps. I am curious if you feel that Batesole knew? I had some issues with my child being bullied, and nothing was done until I threatened to contact Concord PD and the district. I am frustrated at the lack of information.

former woodside student June 30, 2013 at 12:29 PM

i always knew there was something wrong because he would always give us creepy smiles and hug us constantly. now that i am in middle school i feel better that i have left and i am glad these kids don’t have to worry about him. i always wanted mrs. burgman instead! he always went to over board with the fun and it would get creepy. he would try to add u as his facebook friend and i know that no teacher would try to do that! Hopefully Mrs Robbinett comes back!

a mothers heart June 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM

I have no issues with the,New principal, its the prior one, very nice lady but many reports that she didn’t want to deal with conflicts…..it was always made light of…

Seriouly June 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

He was my 4th grade teacher like 4 years ago. He was always too nice. He gave us hella toys/food, watched tons of movies, and played on the computers everyday. I didn’t really realize he was such a creep and so weird till i was in 5th grade. At that time he also became a 5th grade teachers. I spotted the differences between the two classes. The other teachers loved us and cared for us, but did not spoil us with such gifts. I feel that he treats his students like his own children. I makes me really awkward because i just had him like 4 years ago.

Outraged! June 30, 2013 at 2:30 PM

So What? So What if it happened, No one got Hurt or Killed. What kind of a human-being are you? If there are multiple reports from other children, stating similar acts, most likely the courts have a pretty strong case against him.
And to say that No one got hurt? Are you on crack? It will take years, maybe even their whole life time to work through their injuries. This will affect their relationship with everyone. They may not have healthy relationships with adults, their spouses ( if they can maintain a relationship for any length of time), their own children, and most certainly with men!
The one thing they will have for sure is a sense of what pedophiles act like. I hope you do Not have children of your own! Your response makes me question whether or no your capable of taking care of children. They themselves may be i danger from You! You are small minded, and comply insensitive to what these children may have gone through.
So, I’m guessing from your response that its OK to Molest children! Hey no harm done right? WTF!!!!!

Justice 4 the kids June 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM

My son had Mr. Martin for the 5th grade. I fought to have him moved to other class then started to panic cause I could not. When my older child showed me the article on Claycord.com I literally fell off my chair. Not that I was surprised but because I knew he was a disgusting creep and my worst nightmares had just been confirmed. Any parent, teacher, administrator who did not know there was a serious concern or signs is INSANE. Since my child was in his class…..EVERY single day I had to talk to him about inappropriate behavior and ask him if everything was ok in the classroom.

There is absolutely not 1 question in my mind that he did everything that he is being charged for and …. sadly I know that MORE and MORE is going to come out. I can’t f’ing believe that I have not received anything from the school or school district notifying me of this!!! WTF my son was in this SICKOS class. For anybody on this BLOG who wants to verbally beat me up for allowing my son to be in Mr. Martins class for 1 day….don’t bother I am beating myself more than you can ever. If you have a gut feeling….DON’T EVER SECOND GUESS YOURSELF EVER!!!!

Also, I have about a 1000 comments to everyone posts and a 1000 things to say about Mr. Martin, his classroom, how it is so obvious he was grooming the children, what parents said when I put my children in Woodside when I moved here, Woodside handling this, etc etc ……Im just trying to calm down. Also, need to get my composure to call PD information hotline with what I know went on in this classroom…..the windows covered up so he “could have his light shows” and very more bizarre things.

I asked my son why the hell do you have movies everyday…I told him to sit as far away from Mr. Martin as he could then I think I sent an email to Mr. Martin and principal. The movies stopped for a short time.

Educator June 30, 2013 at 4:02 PM

This discussion sickens me. Really. But, like a horrible accident, I just can’t look away. I hope it turns out that this is all some sort of mistake, but it Doesn’t look like that will happen. If he did this, he should be punished harshly, and made to face the people who trusted him and whom he took advantage of.

MDUSD teacher June 30, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Reading the comments here is very difficult to do. So many on this blog claim to have “known” that this man was: creepy, strange, inappropriate, or worse. Many here have also claimed to have notified either the district or the principal of their concerns.
I know that many of the posts here are likely inaccurate, or even outright lies. But if even a small percentage of them (or even one for that matter) is found to be true, then the district is in some serious trouble.
As a teacher, my job is to educate and protect my students. I take that responsibility very seriously, and if I ever slack on that duty I would expect to be called on it. We clearly don’t have all the facts here, but its a huge, ugly story right now, and it doesn’t look to get any better.

Sensible June 30, 2013 at 5:43 PM

#150 Anon
The article clearly states that the police responded to a call from Woodside administration (principal) on April 25th…mandated reporting! Less than 36 hrs after hearing suspicions…She was in a meeting with the person who reported abuse and then called Concord PD. I don’t see how she didn’t handle it in a timely and appropriate manner.

N/A June 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

this is very shocking to me
i had mr. martin in 4th and 5th grade and he ALWAYS said that he knows people would be uncomfortable from hugging him and he ALWAYS asked before doing so. i think this is probably a misunderstanding

ANON June 30, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Really and Sensible are both the Woodside principal, CLEARLY…who else would have the information that is being shared.

Everything I said will be confirmed in the coming days, weeks, months.

The “Woodside Family” has a few bad apples. One that was bad enough to get arrested, and another that is dangerous to have in a leadership role. They both need to be removed from the “family” so that the rest of the “family” can help each other heal.

I wonder what the district would think if they saw the comments being made by Really and Sensible…hmmmm

Sensible June 30, 2013 at 10:15 PM

#158 Anon

ANON June 30, 2013 at 10:45 PM

#156 How was it not handled appropriately? By allowing a teacher suspected of sexual misconduct to reenter the classroom – ALONE – and letting him question the students about touching them inappropriately.

As I said, there is more in the coming days, weeks, months. Need I go on?

Question? June 30, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Honest question…
If someone “gives you the creeps” or you just have a gut instinct, how do you report that?

Another former student June 30, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Another former student here and this was like 13 years ago. Honestly overall he was a good teacher as in I learned a lot in his class. Learned to type and made a movie. But he always had his “favorites.” Sad to say this doesn’t surprise me. He was always to friendly with kids. To think I almost went out to lunch with him no longer then a year ago. He’s been at woodside forever…just hope this hasn’t been going on all this time. When I had him sure he was friendly with his students but I never saw him touching students like that. But hell I was in 4th grade. MFer knew if he touched me he would of gotten a beating from my family. My prayers go out to all the victims and their families..You are not alone.

anon June 30, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Mr. Martin was involved in numerous “concerns” over the tenure of numerous principals, none of which contacted authorities. Each incident was handled within the district.

His is known to have a master key to the school, the district has been notified, as well as Concord PD, , no action to change the locks. This means in the past he has had access to STAR test exams, the school safe, curriculum files, staff evaluation files, and access to every classroom.

Many parents wrote letters to the school, begging for their children to be in his classroom over the years and bragged about their child’s classroom placement at the begging of each school year.

The district, past principals, and school office management praised Mr. Martin for his test scores, parent participation, school attendance records.

A Woodside Parent July 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Please remember that these are ALL accusations and there are many rumors floating about. Who KNEW that he had a master key? There were rumors about many things and I think some staff members put a target on Mr. Martin’s back and floated whatever rumor they could. I am mad as hell, not sure what to do, who to talk to or what to do next. I think we are all shocked it has gotten to this point. Again, there were rumors but many were fueled by spiteful non-professional staff members.

Former Woodside Student July 1, 2013 at 2:17 AM

It should be noted that one of the main reasons so many students wanted to be in his class was the “video” he would make each year about the 5 food groups. Now, think about how many students he has on video tape. Think about all the time he spent off site making the tape [there are scenes at Albertsons, empty parking lots etc] and it appears students that were ‘favorites’ were ‘stars’ of the videos. Most teachers don’t do anything off campus with students unless forced to go on field trips. The videos concern me the most, considering there are hours of footage he has on his personal equipment.

Also, to the comment about how it is a teachers duty to report abuse… it seems as though everyone felt he “creepy” but had no clear cut evidence of abuse. A teacher cannot report someone to the police for being “creepy.” However, administration should have been in his class EVERY DAY if he was covering his windows for ‘light shows’, sending out valentines and watching movies in class. I am unsure as to why nobody was more adamant about keeping an eye on his strange behavior.

Anon July 1, 2013 at 3:17 AM

As a former Woodside family this sickens me. My children never had Martin but he was the teacher many wanted. He had the parties. Kids could hang out in his class. He had homework clubs. His windows were always covered.

Someone said Miss Robinett is no longer there ? We love her. But what does she have to do with this and why isn’t she there any more ??? 🙁

JP July 1, 2013 at 3:57 AM

My son is a former 4th grade student of Joe Martin’s, 2005. I too, helped in his classroom. My husband & I both went on class field trips. My entire family, including grandparents, all appreciated, respected Joe Martin & yes, even liked the man very much. He was a great influence in helping my son get caught up in school. He even got him to do more homework more often! I remember how the children, parents too, were so happy to be in his class. I don’t remember anyone trying to get out of his class or complain about him. We never ‘got the feeling’ anything was out of the ordinary w/him… So, what I don’t understand, why, if so many of you did, did you not in droves, COMPLAIN?!? To the office staff? To the District office? I can’t imagine that either of these places would not have listened..?
I want to be clear, I am NOT defending him, if in fact he is guilty. Being that so far, there are 12 Victim statements. Quite possibly more. It truly does not look good.
Our thoughts go out to all the Victims & their families. May you heal, have peace in your hearts & souls.

MDUSD teacher July 1, 2013 at 6:40 AM

Anon 163,
Your first and third paragraphs could be true. But the others are ridiculous, and are a work of fiction.

Nice try.


Mac July 1, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Is there a school district anywhere, that continues to be ran so badly as MDUSD ?
But is also let to continue to do so for years on end ?

It just seems like new things come to light daily about MDUSD.
About how weakly ran this district is.
From McHenry to today.

And it just seems to continue.

Time for the State to take over this school district.
It has been proven for many years.
That no one in the Offices of MDUSD knows how to run this place correctly.

Hiring from inside this district, just means the same continues.
Only the name changes, not the way they run things.

Justice 4 the kids July 1, 2013 at 8:33 AM

What is the responsibility of the MDUSD and Woodside now to contact all former students and parents? The news reports states that the investigation has been on-going since April. As I stated before by child was a student of Woodside and Mr. Martins class. I have not been contacted or can find anything on Woodsides or MDUSD websites. I would not have known of this if it wasn’t for my older child seeing this on Claycord.com. I have a very strong feeling that there are more victims and children who have information. Should not every parent and/or student be notified immediately?

a mothers heart July 1, 2013 at 9:12 AM

@166….miss Robinett had nothing to do with this, she is simply another awesome teacher that was pink slipped due to budget cuts….she just had a beautiful baby girl and is very happy 🙂 we love her too.

Con July 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

@mac 169,
I do agree with you that the district has been run poorly over the last decade or so. But this situation has nothing to do with that. We have no evidence so far that any admin or district level actions (or lack of action) has been inqppropropriate.
Also. A state takeover would simply be horrible for everyone at this point. Teachers, students, admins, etc. you think our schools lack art, drama, and anything creative? Just wait til your kids school is taken over by the state. Imagine your child’s teacher with 3 or 4 beaurocrats standing in the back of the room interrupting Every time the teacher makes the slightest mistake. It’s horrific, and turns almost every room into a lifeless droning exercise. I hope you don’t get your wish.

Former Martin Student July 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

I had this guy as teacher in 4th grade back in the 90’s, my late father went on few field trips with our class and I always remembered him saying ‘something is not right with that guy, I cant pinpoint it but don’t feel comfortable about it”……I know you can’t just turn someone in for being ‘creepy’ or overly friendly but its obvious this guy has been on peoples’ radar for many many years for a REAL REASON!!
If the accusations are real, I pray for those kids and family that they will be just fine and justice will be served!! SICKO!! News like this is so disturbing!!

I hope other Teachers who are trusted with our children get caught as well!! RID THIS WORLD OF ALL THESE SICK FREAKS!!

@ 60 July 1, 2013 at 11:54 AM

@ Former woodside student

Just a hunch, but usually they don’t arrest someone and set a bail at $3,950,000 if there isn’t some pretty solid evidence to back up the claims.

Jason L. July 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

I had JUST finished 5th grade at Woodside in 1991 so I just missed this guy. It makes me shudder that these are the people we were supposed to trust.

Long Time Reader July 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

So, my question is this? What happens to this guy if they find the allegations to be false? Does he get his life back? Or does he still have a job? Will the people around him still trust him? NO! I think not.

Sad Sad Teacher and Parent July 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

As a former educator at Woodside, I can assure you that if any staff member had known about these allegations, or had a feeling that inappropriate behavior was taking place in H-1, it would have been immediately reported. I know they must feel betrayed and are heartbroken for these children and the Woodside community.

Mr. Martin’s classroom tactics were outrageous and lacked a healthy learning environment. Decorations, parties, movies, games, and extended socializing should be laced in functions throughout the school year, but should not be the main focus.

As far as the principal’s responsibility to share, well, there are many avenues she could have taken. She should have held a meeting, informing the teachers that an investigation was taking place. Keeping them in the dark, along with the parents, lacks respect and compassion. Safety and protection of the children should have been her priority, not Mr. Martin.

I can’t help but feel that with a six-year gap in age, this would have been the first time an administrator or the District has heard of this. What a shame that 12, possibly more, had to face this brutal betrayal! The children who have come forth are extremely courageous. May their healing process begin, along with the poor Woodside staff and community.

Woodside Colleague July 1, 2013 at 1:03 PM

@Sad Sad #174 I’m sure I know you…I taught in H5. Always thought H1 looked like at carnival rather than a classroom. THAT was creepy.

I pray for his folks, his brother, his wife and children. If the charges are true then Joe fooled us all. This is very upsetting.

Michael July 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

“Paid administrative leave”? Really, both the state and county are bankrupt (liabilities far exceed tax revenues) and yet the foolish school/government bureaucrats decide to keep paying this guy?

rene July 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM

PEDOPHILES ARE THE WORST! For those who feel “fooled or betrayed”(parents, teaches, etc.) these guys are SO CONVINCING! Never dealt with one as a teacher, but I attended church with one. I saw right through him in Bible Class, notified the pastor (who chose to remain in DENIAL), so needless to say, I left. I will never be in the same room with ANY SEX OFFENDER again. THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!

Old Friend of Mr.Martin July 1, 2013 at 7:02 PM

I’m in shock. I can’t believe that the person I’ve known and spent so much time with has been accused of something so heinous, and I’m sadder still to read these utterly hateful posts from complete strangers, who can not possibly know all the facts.But I’m not surprised; all media damns instantly, and the story people read first, they believe. Unless he has somehow hidden this rather blatant part of his personality from me for, oh, 20 years, I can’t believe it.

Woodside student July 1, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I’m only in fourth grade but I new something weird was going on with that guy my best friends cousin was in that class she said he would always go to over board with fun and ack really weird it’s sad too because he has children and a wife i know it’s hard for them he’s in jail and its 3.9million dollars to get him out

Pleasant Jenny July 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Posters 178 & 179 are same. Attempting to appeal to both parent and school age levels. Exact writing pattern beginning with “I’M…”


Even more brilliant on my part was making the highest bid at the school dinner dance/silent auction for my boyz to have “A bowling date with Mr. Martin”.

Anon Teacher July 1, 2013 at 8:23 PM

This is depressing as an educator myself… to all the parents voicing the ridiculous s#!* that’s happening in your children’s classrooms, the only advice I can give is: GET INVOLVED. I know many parents work, but create community in your grade level and try to get parents in the classrooms regularly if you want to know what’s going on. I admit, sometimes it’s annoying to have a parent sitting in the back of my room for 3 hours (I had a child with major behavior issues so mom visited OFTEN), but at least she knew she was always welcome and I had nothing to hide. A quality teacher should be able to work regardless of who’s present. Besides, most teachers I know will gladly take any help offered! So sad that such a large community’s trust has been so badly violated. Lots of healing will need to happen for the staff, students, and parents alike.

Justice 4 the kids July 1, 2013 at 8:37 PM

@Old Friend of Mr. Martin #178….REALLY!?!?!

First off I would have to say over 75% of the posts on here are from people who know Mr. Martin. Let me make this very clear!!! I DID know Mr. Martin! For 3 years! I don’t need to believe what the media is saying or anybody on this BLOG. He was my sons teacher for 1 year. I told my son to tell me if ANYTHING happened and to absolutely never ever be alone with him DAILY. Did you go to his classroom often? Did you see him around male children often? Are you questioning that the 12 students who so far have come forward are not telling the truth? That the principal had no reason to call PD she just had an urge to get him in trouble that day? That after weeks of investigation the Police had nothing sooooo they just arrested him and set his bail at 4 million dollars? I do not know al of the facts YET, but I am very confident he has ruined a lot of lives. A VERY SAD SICK FEELING IS WHAT I HAVE RIGHT NOW.

I am not surprised at all that after 20 years of knowing him you did not see his sick BLATANT personality. Trust me he had everything planned out and groomed us all. I will give you examples of this as a parent of a student of his……..he had us in his classroom sooo often. He would send us weekly schedules of when he needed us in the classroom (hmmmm wanted us to feel that we were always welcome. CHECK) Would have all these gatherings for parents to meet his family, his parents, wife, eat baked goods his wife made, blah blah) Only teacher who’s ever done this! Send pictures of his babies, huge pics of his wife and baby on his desk. Told the kids he loved them, tried to hug all the boys constantly, gave them candy and toys, etc etc Kids loved him! Trust me he got us parents too.

old woodside student July 1, 2013 at 9:53 PM

I to was once in his class. he was the best teacher I EVER had. he was my favorite teacher, he made learning fun, and made my test scores skyrocket. he may look creepy but once you get to know him he is pretty cool. once I found out about this situation I was so devastated I didn’t come out of my room for a long time. I will not believe he did this until he is found guilty.

Old Friend of Mr.Martin July 1, 2013 at 11:13 PM

@Pleasant Jenny
You are incorrect. I posted # 178 only.
Seriously, beginning a sentence with “I’m” is your only claim?

@Justice 4 the Kids
Yes really. Pardon me if I defend a life-long friend.

Don't Censor Me Bro July 2, 2013 at 3:49 AM

Past behavior is nice, but does it vitiate the molestation of multiple minors, over time, if proven true?

That is the question!

Perhaps it depends on what the definition of “Is” is, no?

Anon July 2, 2013 at 7:15 AM

No wonder Piccolo hasn’t been posting.

Anon July 2, 2013 at 8:17 AM

184 be careful defending a monster. 12 kids . Did all 12 kids lie? And the allegations of suspicion over the years. If I see snow on the ground in the morning, I don’t have to have seen it snowing to know it snowed.

Former Woodside parent July 2, 2013 at 11:17 AM

@Old Woodside Student… You are another casualty of this sad story. All of the other students who have had a positive experience with Mr. Martin, His betrayal does not only affect those brave 12+++ students and families, but all of those who loved him and had fond memories of their “favorite” teacher are forever tarnished.

Feel for the people who knew him July 2, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Assuming the allegations are true, I want to extend my compassion to both the victims and also the friends, colleagues and family of Martin. Please don’t beat yourself up that you could not see his heinous acts. Pedophiles are masters of deception and grooming victims. Unfortunately, pedophiles aren’t always the creepy homeless guy, and it can be hard for the average person to spot them. Prayers for the victims, and healing and restoral of trust to the families involved.

5th grade teacher July 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I am a male fifth grade teacher. This sickens me on several levels. This dude taught my brother’s son a couple of years ago. Both parents volunteered in his class and would rave about how awesome his class looked. What really hits home is that I joke around with my students and like to keep it “light” when I can to make it more fun for my students. If he is guilty, and I have to believe he is, he has ruined the lives of many people. Imagine his wife and kids.

A Friend of Mr. Martin July 2, 2013 at 7:33 PM

I feel like I’ve been hit with a hammer.
Half a lifetime uttterly shattered.

Pleasant Jenny July 2, 2013 at 8:49 PM

I am so sorry to all friends of him and to all of us that were fooled. Thank you, number 189 and I will pray for you number 190 that you do not face even greater challenges being a male teacher as you already do.

Former student July 3, 2013 at 3:52 AM

Crazy, I had him in 4th grade back in 2005. Me and my friends always knew it. He would always pat our backs and give us hugs and be creepy. He had students sit on his lap and gave us candy and played with us at lunch. Honestly not surprised at all. I used to joke about him being a rapist long ago and now I know it’s true

Owen July 3, 2013 at 6:19 PM

My son goes to this school, and every time I saw Martin I asked a fellow parent who that guy was. He just looked off to me and now we know why. This is one sick man and I hope someone who is serving time who has a young son graps ahold of Martin and beats the living crap out of him. My son wanted to have him next year for 5th grade and his final year at woodside. I can just thank the good man upstairs that they caught this guy now, and not a year from now because if he ever did anything inappropriate to my son, it would be all over for Martin, Woodside, and the entire school district. Martin after you rot in prison for the rest of your life, you will then rot in hell! It really sucks to be Joe Martin. Thank God his daughter won’t have him around to sexually abuse her. My heart goes out to his wife and daughter! Mr Martin I can’t wait for you hear the words guilty and then rot in hell you sick bastard!

friend July 3, 2013 at 6:19 PM

I have known Joe Martin for 19 years. He has been like a brother to me. We have spent numerous holidays together. I have 3 children who have known him their whole lives. All have been educated in molesting and all say NOTHING happened. If Joe is guilty than I believe he should be put to death or put his family out of agony and kill himself. People are accused of things that didn’t happen. I will wait and read the evidence. He won’t go to court for a long time. Please pray for his family. They are incredible people. It appeared to me that Joe really did care fort his students.I’m not being blind or ignorant. I knew Joe very well. Instead of anger I ask that you all believe the truth will come out. I too am a victim of abuse, so not completely ignorant. People are accused of things they didn’t do. Yes, Joe was eccentric. Does that make him a monster? I don’t know….

Erica July 3, 2013 at 6:28 PM

I had Mr. Martin for 4th grade in 98. His class was my favorite and I still remember many of the things he taught us, like healthy cooking and meteorology. I have a lot of good memories from that year, and I was very saddened to hear about these allegations. However I do remember when I was in his class, my late mom told me she thought something was weird or off about him, but didnt necessarily think he was touching children. He was never creepy towards me or anyone I know, so I’m wondering if this was something he started doing later in his career? What makes me feel really uncomfortable about all this is that he made class movies every year and likely has all those videos of students, including myself, archived somewhere. I feel bad for those who he molested if allegations are true, and I feel bad for his family.

Holbrook student July 11, 2013 at 1:36 AM

I had Mr. Martin for 4th grade many, many years ago. He befriended a family I was very close to. The mother volunteered daily. The rumors spread about Mr. Martin being gay. He had openly admitted this to her. She and my mother were best friends. I was told to be nice to him and not share this secret. I was always very nice. One day he had grabbed a classmate of mine, wrestling and spinning. I felt very uncomfortable with the placement of his hands. When we came in from recess I approached him and told him that this was inappropriate play for a teacher. He had me go outside. There he scolded me for implying that he had done something wrong. I stood my ground, telling him that it was inappropriate and made me feel sad. He was very angry with me and told me how bad I was. He continued until I was sorry, crying and wanting him to forgive me. I remember the class movie. I remember the covered up windows. I remember how terribly sad he made me feel when I tried to speak up. I’m not shocked that this has happened. My mothers friend–Mr. Martins friend didn’t believe me. She believed that she knew him best. I must have been only 9 at the time, but I recognized something was bad in him. I’m heartbroken for his family. Their world is flipped upside down.

I know that friends & family want to protect him. His “really good friend” helped protect him from me, all those years back. She wanted me to stop “telling stories”. Please try to accept that he has done these things. Humans are capable of evil, Mr. Martin is human.

Marcella July 11, 2013 at 4:18 AM

I hope this is true otherwise education has been negatively effected. Both my children had Mr. Martin and he was the most influential teacher. he not only educated students but managed to educate parents as well. If he rubbed a students back his intention was to stimulate brain activity through touch. Don’t you think he would have been a preschool teacher; if his goal was to sexual abuse kids. Why would he dedicate his life to stimulate students brains with intention to damage them emotionally! I feel sorry for all the students that will now not have the oppotumitu to be taught by the best teacher this district had.

Holbrook student July 11, 2013 at 8:25 AM

@ Marcella. No, I do not think he would work as a preschool teacher if he wanted to molest children. Where is the logic in your statement? There are many child molesters found, working in Elementary schools. He will be found guilty Marcella, because, he is. How do you see all the statements above, the bail amount set, the children who’ve come forward, and still say that his absence from the educational system is a huge loss? When people have blinders on, such as yourself, it keeps our youth at risk.

@ Marcella July 11, 2013 at 9:32 AM

This is one of the worst legacies of pedophiles, the division and loss of trust that arises in the impacted communities. If your interactions with him were positive, then all this seems like a witch-hunt to you, but rest assured, for the impacted families, it is very real and devasting. Pedophiles have many faces, and they obviously can’t molest all their students. For many families, Joe Martin may be a trusted friend and neighbor, but for some families, he will be a monster. We need to extend our compassion to them and victims.

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