Police arrest man accused of entering US illegally, charged with child rape in Cleveland


Rafael Martinez, Courtesy: Geauga County Sheriff’s Office

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MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio — Authorities have arrested a man who is accused of illegally entering the United States at least five times and was wanted for multiple child rape charges in Cleveland.

According to the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and Middlefield police arrested a man, later identified as 45-year-old Rafael Martinez, on Thursday.

Martinez has reportedly crossed the border in Texas from Mexico illegally at least five times.

According to court documents, Martinez is accused of raping two victims under the age of 13 on or around January 1, 2008 to January 1, 2013 in Cleveland.

According to Cleveland Municipal Court, Martinez faces a felony rape charge.

Editor’s Note: The Geauga County Sheriff’s Office released the incorrect mug shot to FOX 8 due to confusion about the suspect’s name Friday. The correct photo from authorities was given to us Saturday. This story has been updated to reflect that Martinez previously gave authorities a false last name and age.  This story reflects the correct last name and age.

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