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Federal Way caregiver of quadriplegic charged with indecent exposure | Update
A Federal Way man was charged with one count of indecent exposure on Thursday for allegedly masturbating over a 27-year-old quadriplegic woman he cares for.
Anthony Kenneth Martin, 50, could also face other charges, pending further investigation of alleged sexual assault.
Martin’s bail was set at $75,000.
Federal Way police were called to Martin’s residence around midnight on Saturday after his fiancée and her daughter called about an ongoing argument about the alleged crime.
His fiancée went to grab dinner on July 18 but when she returned she walked in on him allegedly standing over the partially naked victim, masturbating, according to the police report.
He is the main caregiver for the woman, who is quadriplegic and “mentally understands conversations as a child would,” the report continues.
Martin quickly looked at his fiancée in surprise and told her he had been in the bathroom and thought he heard the victim fall, the report states.
He allegedly zipped up his pants and walked outside, which his fiancée told police was a strange thing to do if he had indeed ran from the bathroom.
As the fiancée told police this, she said she “wasn’t going to let it happen again where she acted ignorant and did nothing while [the victim] was abused.”
Earlier in the month, she suspected Martin of “creeping” from their bed and leaving the bedroom.
She followed him one time without him knowing and looked into the victim’s room. She stated that she walked down the hallway and observed him with his back to the window, allegedly positioned behind the disabled victim with her buttocks by his groin area.
Although the room was dark, she said she saw a gyrating motion but no other details.
She called 911 about that incident but retracted her statement after Martin allegedly told her she would go to jail too if she told police anything.
“He told her that he had done nothing wrong and that he would convince police that she was crazy,” the police report states.
The woman told police she was terrified of her fiancé and of the possibility of going to jail so she complied.
Although the victim is developmentally disabled, she is receptive of conversation and aware of people speaking to her. Through a blinking system where one blink means yes and two means no, the man’s fiancée asked the victim if the suspect had sex with her, to which she allegedly blinked “yes,” according to the report.
The fiancée also told police that the man allegedly often drinks and takes prescribed medication from her purse. When he’s under the influence, he is “out of control and a different person,” she said.
Officers used the same communication method with the victim as they interviewed her.
“I could tell the blinking was different from her natural blinking in that she held her eyelids shut slightly longer when she was answering me,” the officer wrote in the police report. “It seemed to me that it was obvious that she could understand me and answer me by blinking her eyes.”
Because the woman lives with the suspect, Martin receives $5,000 a month from the state to care for her, as well as supplemental security income because of her brain damage.
Martin is a former King County Metro Access bus driver, a bus system that drives around the disabled.
The victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital where a rape kit was performed. Police seized all bedding, diapers and items associated with the alleged crime as evidence.
A temporary vulnerable adult protect order was issued on behalf of the victim on Monday.