Long-Time Concord Elementary School Teacher Charged with 91 Felonies – Faces Life in Prison for Alleged Molestation

July 2, 2013 19:52 pm · 56 comments


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.

Ph res July 2, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Is that a record number of charges?

kimchee July 2, 2013 at 7:59 PM

What a sick and twisted bastard.

Killjoy July 2, 2013 at 8:14 PM

How about one life sentence per felony?

Pleasant Jenny July 2, 2013 at 8:18 PM

SO SO So angry at myself for pushing the school to have him as two of my son’s teacher. Just because I was an active volunteer I felt the school should grant me that and they did. Thank God both of my older boyz are okay and untouched. We parents should be careful what we wish for and/or demand? This is all so sick and our prayers go out to the children and families that were compromised. It was not your fault.

HUGE prayers to the wife who was chosen as his cover story and the two babies that followed.

still anon July 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Thank you for the update, Mayor.

Shiloh July 2, 2013 at 8:39 PM

How does this happen for years and years? Does anyone have any insight into this? How does he know who he can touch who won’t tell on him? What does he do the first time? I just don’t know how this happens. I feel TERRIBLE for the children who were abused and were too afraid, confused and ashamed to say anything. I am NOT placing any blame on them whatsoever. I just don’t know how these pervs can have so many victims over so many years. It’s like someone teaches them how to be successful at this.

No One Listened July 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Wow, background checks worked. How about the narcissistic politicians SHUT Their yaps, Stop patting themselves on their backs and we all focus on LISTENING to what children SAY. Went on for how many YEARS ? ? ?
And not one child said anything?

Don’t believe that for a second.

Cowellian July 2, 2013 at 8:45 PM

I’m fine with one life sentence, as long as it’s a short one.

ChampagneKitty July 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM


msk July 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM

what a joke…..

msk July 2, 2013 at 8:57 PM

I can’t see how the school district could let this happen. If they really checked the teachers in mdu school district–they would fire more.

Jessica July 2, 2013 at 9:07 PM

As I said when this story was originally posted, he deserves the death penalty. NOT a life sentence in a prison where all of the necessities are provided, but he deserves to be put to death in a very slow & painful manner.

There is nothing sicker than a child molester / pedophile. There is no rehab. for such a sick & twisted individual. I cannot begin to express my condolence’s for all of the families and children affected by this monster. It’s a sad day when children are not even safe at a place that was established to bring them knowledge, support, and guidance. I truly hope his soul suffers for all of the sins he created.

My question though, is how in the world did this go undetected for so many years? I understand that most criminals are good chameleons, but the thought that he prayed on children at such a vulnerable place for so long really makes me question what type of psychological evaluation is performed ? Surely there had to be some signs (even if they weren’t completely apparent) that something wasn’t right…..

Teacher July 2, 2013 at 9:11 PM


Exactly which part of this story do you consider a joke?

Belairium July 2, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Soooo scary….. I know it’s not a solution but personally would love to see video cameras in the classroom and or an additional adult in the classroom at all times when there are students. I know there is a small percentage of these wierdos but it would alleviate some of these acts.

Atticus Thraxx July 2, 2013 at 9:13 PM

There are more. It’s like friggin “Whack A Mole”. These freaks just keep popping up. They get whacked and another takes his/her place. Both my kids came through that school, I will ask them what they know. My instinct is if anyone would have bothered them they would have come to one of us. My instincts, while good, aren’t foolproof however. It’s coming to the point where after a child learns to say “Mama” or “Dada”, the next thing they need to learn is “Keep your f**king hands off me!”

the other jj July 2, 2013 at 9:18 PM

listen to the children

Anon July 2, 2013 at 9:35 PM

#7 where did you hear not one child told? First of all I know for a fact he’s been investigated in the past. Second of all, after being questioned on a suspicion a few weeks ago , he was allowed back in his classroom. He had complete discretion to tell these kids anything he wanted. Deviants know how to pick the kids. Groom them and even their families. I don’t believe for a second there weren’t more reports.

The fact the district isn’t saying anything is very telling now, don’t you think?

Luana July 2, 2013 at 9:39 PM

My heart hurts for the children that Joe Martin violated. And my head hurts, knowing what the parents are going through. I’m sad and sick with anxiety with how Joe Martin’s parents are doing. I had the pleasure of taking music lessons from them. They are wonderful people. You can add them to the list of victims …..that makes 91 charges that he should be held accountable for!

funny (totally serious) guy July 2, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Boiled in oil, Drawn and Quartered than the guilatine.
Justice served for the kids.
ill pitch in a couple bucks for the oil

who can u trust anymore? July 2, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Ya, put him in with all the other inmates,
.They don’t like child molesters, I hope he doesn’t get a protective cell, he doesn’t deserve it, just like those. poor
children didn’t deserve what he put them thru for life.
What a sick sick twisted perv. Give it to him, full punishment

Naiive People July 2, 2013 at 10:16 PM

There are a million more just like him and they are at Schools near you.

Drive Sober July 2, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Believe me there are more in the district. And I have been saying for years that the one at my children’s school will be found out some day. His behavior is scary at best.
Pretty much mirrors this guy and then some. How the school could not know is beyond comprehension. However, the “it’s none of my business” seems to be alive and well in spite of the mandated reporter laws.

Mr. Pink July 2, 2013 at 10:25 PM

I have the same question as Jessica, how did it take so long to figure it out? Did he just start doing this crap several years ago?

Cindy July 2, 2013 at 10:40 PM

I bad him 8 years ago never did I think he would ever do he was the one who got me into school.. Ppl are just so dam rude… If he gets life in prison so be it! Yu say he twisted yu guys are also twisted for wanting to die! Yes poor children! And sorry for all those children…

Those who say to kill him aren’t any better them he is just saying!!!!

Cartman July 2, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Set the bail at one billion dollars …

… then boil him.

still anon July 2, 2013 at 10:46 PM

@ Drive Sober, You need to open your mouth and tell ALL. You are part of the problem. You come on this site making accusations and don’t back them up!

Worried Mom July 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Please tell is where. Let’s do something about it before it’s too late!

Anon July 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Prayers to the families whose children were violated by this monster. As a teacher and a parent, it makes me sick to think of someone violating the trust of these young innocents for their own perverted desires. I want to see the school district held accountable for their negligence. I don’t believe for a minute that they never suspected this teacher. I agree with the earlier poster that teachers should have cameras in the room. Sign me up. People who have nothing to hide, hide nothing.

J. July 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Phillip Garrido’s bail was $30,000,000. Remember him? He got 431-years to life in prison.

Garrido (and his wife) was featured on the old Claycord.com blog many times.

A parent July 2, 2013 at 11:20 PM

My son was in his class the year before last, it makes me sick to my stomach every time I see this mug shot. You here about this stuff all the time, but never would I imagine it happening so close. Thank god someone brave came forward and stopped this sick monster, it makes me angry remembering him smiling in are faces and this was going on. I remember my son saying “he only calls on the girls to answer questions” prayers go out to the families & victims

Basel July 2, 2013 at 11:33 PM

The lesson to be learned here is ever constant vigilence. Predators can be found where life seems most comfortable and safe. Some would expect such atrocities to occur in urban school settings. Not so. Small towns and suburban middle-class enclaves seem to be rife with predators. Be aware of your surroundings. Listen to your kids. Unfortunately, still waters run deep.

Anon July 2, 2013 at 11:44 PM

just for the record im going to sue woodside elementary, and the mdusd

Concerned Parent July 3, 2013 at 12:32 AM

In my opinion, child molesters don’t just suddenly become that sick. It comes from years of exposure (even from childhood) to what is watch on TV, in movies, on video games and on the Internet (especially behind closed doors where they can explore nasty behaviors with no one watching them). All these things can contribute to becoming “sick” adults. And I truly believe in my heart and soul that porn is a major contributor to the breeding of future child molesters. Through that media alone children and adults can be exposed to such terrible sights that will take away innocence and leave them with an addiction. After years of that behavior they don’t get satisfaction from just watching and they want to act it out. I believe that at that point they become child molesters.
Is it only me that can see how sick and perverse our society is becoming? We as parents need to instill in our children moral standards and spend quality time as a family. We can NOT rely on schools and society to teach our children. We have to take an active part in their lives. I am not in any way condoning what Mr. Martin and others have done. What I am saying is that every child is innocent, we need to defend that innocence so they don’t grow up to be child molesters. Then we wouldn’t need to try to fix our broken victims.
My heart is saddened for those children and families who have been hurt by this evil act. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lets stop judging and start to protect, teach and cherish our children.

anon July 3, 2013 at 1:25 AM

A former Woodside principal’s father is now the district interim superintendent.

Anon July 3, 2013 at 1:44 AM

hey check out the new pictures of mr. martin in all his glory as he dressed up for halloween this last oct. flaunting he’s untouchable in front of the whole school

Proof July 3, 2013 at 5:31 AM

I’m not defending this guy but do they have actual proof or do they have the testimony of children?

everyone here is saying the dude should burn alive for it, but nobody here has any actual evidence that he did something wrong. You have allegations.. true.
But anyone can allege anything they want to about someone else.

Innocent until proven guilty. Don’t forget it.

If it turns out he actually was doing this and it wasn’t some vindictive plot by kids who got bad grades. Then by all means he should rot in prison and actually deserves much much worse.

WAKE UP!! July 3, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Child molesters usually try to be very charming and friendly. Most will attempt to saturate themselves in an environment filled with access to children … elementary education, sports, nonprofit youth organizations … They tend to show an excessive interest in children, and often seduce children with attention, affection and gifts. They skillfully lie and manipulate. The more help and kindness a child receives from a molester makes it increasingly more difficult for the child to assert himself and refuse the molester’s advances. WAKE UP PARENTS! Be wary! Be alert! I am absolutely sickened by all the “nice guy” and “my kids loved him” comments.

Parent July 3, 2013 at 6:57 AM

@Proof #36 A dozen kids ages 11-17, some who don’t even know each other don’t just gather together with their parents and concoct a story that leads to an arrest of a man with a 10 MILLION dollar bail. I can promise you he will be found guilty and hauled off to San Quentin. They have ‘plenty’ on this freak.
@33 You are spot on….this world is sick and twisted and yes porn is behind so much of it. My middle schooler told me that countless kids are watching it on their smart phones and openly talk about it and brag about what they have seen to each other. it’s a huge and very dangerous problem. Wake up parents!!! And I’m sure Mr. Martin has loads of sickening things on his computer, it will come out in the trial…..

MDUSD teacher July 3, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Technically, you’re right. He has not been convicted of anything yet. But remember, the charges were made against him about two months ago. He wasn’t arrested until last week with 12 witnesses, or kids saying something was going on. Then, after a few days, he was charged with 91 counts. This type of investigation is not thrown together. Clearly, the police took their time to do this right. If it was 1 or 2 kids, and the arrest was made quickly, then your concern about them making it up might be a valid one. But this is not the case here. I feel safe in my own mind considering him guilty. But then again, I’m not in the legal system, so I can do that.
No, he is not convicted yet, but it looks pretty bad for him.
Finally, remember who this story is really about. It’s about all those people who he has hurt: the kids he took advantage of, the parents and staff whose trust he has trashed, and the community and school district as well.

spid July 3, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Both of my daughter attended that school the first year he was hired there. so thankful they are not VICTUMS. Let him get what he deservers…. and then some.

R.D. July 3, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Turn him loose to the parents of these poor children. They will make sure justice is done

@#32 July 3, 2013 at 8:27 AM

“just for the record im going to sue woodside elementary, and the mdusd”

That’s right! … sue the school; sue the district. Might as well make some money off of this, right? Where does your responsibility lie? Where’s your concern for the children and their education? Go ahead, milk the system for what little money there is….

Former Student July 3, 2013 at 8:56 AM

All I can I say is that this is extremely shocking. I was a former student, back when Mr. Martin first started teaching (’97). Many people in my family had him as a teacher, as well as friends. He lived down the street from my parents, for god’s sake… everyone that knows him is shocked. To all the people saying “they knew it,” if that’s so, why not say anything? As someone who knew him, that’s just not true. We didn’t know. We couldn’t have guessed. I will be waiting to hear what the trial says.

Retired Teacher July 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

No. 19 Serious Guy “Boiled in oil, Drawn and Quartered than the guilatine.
Justice served for the kids.
ill pitch in a couple bucks for the oil”

Obviously you are in need of a teacher in several subjects:
Science: You would instantly kill the guy in boiling oil thus depriving you and yours the prolonged agony of a human death. That would make drawing and quartering significantly more difficult as well as impairing the operation of a guillotine.
Economics: Your generous offer of “a couple of bucks for the oil” would provide about 10 ounces of a needed 100 gallons. Not a significant contribution. There would also be the unfortunate administrative problem of setting up a designated funds account for a two dollar donation.
English: Poor capitalization, inconsistent capitalization, and misspellings even seen by the spell check on this site.

Thank heavens there is a very successful adult education program in the MDUSD. I would recommend you phoning them at 686.7340 to sign up for a remedial English class.

Disgusted July 3, 2013 at 10:31 AM

@Concerned for the Community…. WAIT, WHAT ??? She allowed him back in the classroom unsupervised after she knew the cops were coming to charge him? SHE SHOULD BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Retired Teacher July 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Mayra Melville July 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

You boil in water and fry in oil. I get the point, someone so despicable should not be allowed with humans, animals and by all means children. We should protect our children. mr. Martin was teacher of two of my grandsons. They are safe, thank God. We liked him, cannot believe someone parents trusted was so evil. When he is proved guilty I really hope he get severely punished by the law. I haven’t seen a 4 million bail before, so there must be a reason for it. I do feel sorry for the victims including his daughter. How can we help these children? What a nightmare for us Claycordians.

Ricardoh July 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Twelve children past or present. What did this guy do that no one turned him in. Something is crooked and it ain’t in Denmark. I think they could be a little more specific in the charges. If he just patted some kids on the bottom I don’t think they should be talking about life in prison. If he was intimate with any of them it looks like all the lectures kids get about not letting someone touch them is not getting through.

anynomous July 3, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Keep in mind, in the midst of this, Mr. Martin married a sweet and loving young lady and had 2 beautiful children. I pray to God she is not reading the hateful and sickening things being written about her husband. I am not saying he is innocent, or deserves any less than the law dictates as punishment, but remember there is a family who is suffering severely and painfully. My prayers to Mrs. Martin and her babies.

Real Anon July 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM

@anynomous what about our grieving families

Concerned for the community July 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM

@Anon@32 & @#32 why shouldn’t these families and children be compensated? They will have a lifetime of therapy bills, guilt and pain to deal with. Any settlements are paid out of insurance not the general fund.

@disgusted That’s right she should be fired, yet the district remains silent. More parents need to let them know! I already have.

anynomous July 3, 2013 at 3:20 PM

@Real Anon, my prayers for your family, and everyone who has been affected. It’s a horrible situation all around. My heart breaks for all of the innocent people involved.

claycord52 July 5, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Is this guy still on PAID administrative leave??????????

S July 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Never did like his class for my kid. He was too focused on his school show (thought he was weird that way). My kid didn’t learn what she was suppose to learn by the time she got to sixth grade. When I asked the sixth grade teacher who were the kids that didn’t learn the stuff, besides my daughter. The teacher named my daughter classmates in Martin’s class. Fortunately, we were able to get my daughter up to speed with the rest of her sixth grade class.

msk July 6, 2013 at 12:20 PM

bash this fool!

badmedia July 15, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Why has there been no more information about this? It’s starting to look like a witch hunt!

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