SPRINGFIELD – Cited by a judge as “the most sordid case I have ever heard,” a former city police officer was sentenced on Thursday to two consecutive life terms in state prison for the rape and sexual assault of three young girls.
Pedro J. Martinez, a police officer for two decades before he resigned after his arrest last year, pleaded guilty in Hampden Superior Court to 21 sexual offenses. Some included allegations of incest involving attacks on two of his daughters.
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