Joe Martin, the long-time Woodside Elementary School teacher who was arrested late last week for allegedly sexual-assaulting a dozen students, will be in court on Wednesday morning for his arraignment, and according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Nancy Georgiou, he’s being charged with 91 felonies for allegedly molesting students at the Concord Elementary School.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a criminal complaint was filed against Joe Martin alleging 89 felony charges of Lewd and Lascivious Acts on a Minor under 14 years and two felony charges of Lewd and Lascivious Acts on a Minor age 14-15 years, with an enhancement charging that the defendant committed these acts against more than one minor child.
Martin faces life in prison if convicted of all the charges, his bail has been set at $10,000,000.
As Claycord.com exclusively reported last Friday night, Martin was arrested at his home on Starflower Drive in Martinez while authorities searched his house and his classroom at Woodside Elementary, where most of the alleged acts are believed to have occurred.
Concord Police say the investigation involved multiple witness interviews and the identification and interviews of 12 juvenile victims who were current or former students of Martin.
Police say victims may now feel they are not alone in their complaint and circumstance, and police encourage anyone who has been treated in an inappropriate manner by Joe Martin to contact the Concord Police Department Special Victims Unit.
A hotline has been established to bank incoming calls for appropriate follow up by Concord Police Detectives. That number is (925) 603-5836.
Martin, who has been a teacher in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District 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.