Woodstock man sentenced in child sex case

WOODSTOCK — After pleading guilty to child sex charges and other offenses in April, a local man was sentenced on Friday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.

Thomas Scott Martz, 21, pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit messages to a 14-year-old girl via text and social media between June 8 and June 14, 2016. The victim admitted to having consensual sex with Martz one night in a park, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola read during the plea hearing.

Then, on July 15, 2016, Martz had shoplifted some cough syrup from a local Rite Aid and assaulted an officer when police tried to arrest him.

Martz had been charged with using a communications system to propose sex to a minor, carnal knowledge of a minor without force, two counts of assaulting an officer, concealment of merchandise and obstruction of justice. All other related charges had been dropped per the plea agreement.

Judge Dennis L. Hupp did not order a sex offender evaluation for Martz, as he determined that it was not necessary in this case. He sentenced Martz to a total of 10 years in prison with all but three years and eight months suspended.

Martz must also register as a sex offender and avoid all contact with the victim in the case. Upon his release, Martz must complete four years of supervised probation.