Man accused of sex with minor

STRASBURG – A Shenandoah County grand jury indicted a town resident Wednesday on charges involving accusations of sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl.

The defendant, Thomas Scott Martz, 21, is charged with one count of using a computer to solicit a minor for sexual activity, two counts of carnal knowledge and one count of indecent liberties with a child.

Strasburg Police Chief Tim Sutherly said the alleged offenses were committed in May and June and initiated through messages on social media.

“A relative called about communications between this girl and this older gentleman and through monitoring, we could tell there was sexual activity and through interviewing we found they had carnal knowledge twice,” Sutherly said, using legal terminology for sexual intercourse.

Sutherly said the girl told authorities during a July 29 interview about the sexual intercourse.

Martz was also interviewed and admitted to “some things, but not everything,” Sutherly said.

Sutherly said he believed Martz was in the process of being arrested as the grand jury was issuing its indictments.

Martz was also indicted Wednesday on three counts of assault and battery against law enforcement officers.

Sutherly said officers investigating a complaint July 15 about petty larceny at a store went to a residence where Martz was staying after they connected him to the incident. Sutherly said Martz assaulted the two officers while resisting arrest.

The defendant was taken to the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail where he was initially held on $2,000 secure bond and later released.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com