Ex-policeman pleads guilty to bigamy charge

April 09, 1999|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

A former Baltimore police officer, who resigned amid allegations that he stole money from immigrants, admitted yesterday that he was married to two women at the same time.

Dorian J. Martin, 24, pleaded guilty to bigamy in Baltimore Circuit Court. He was placed on five years' probation for the charge that came to light during the investigation of the alleged thefts.

Martin is scheduled to be tried on three counts each of theft and official misconduct in July.

Martin's attorney, Warren A. Brown, said that love was to blame for Martin's simultaneous marriages. The maximum penalty for bigamy in Maryland is nine years in prison.

"It's love, baby," Brown said yesterday after the hearing. "Love will make people do crazy things."

Martin married his second wife, Kim Theresa Ann Wilson, 24, in Virginia Beach, Va., in June. He was not divorced from his first wife at the time. He told authorities there that he was divorced so he could get the new marriage license.

Martin filed for divorce from his first wife in July -- one month after he remarried -- and was granted the divorce in December. He had been separated from his first wife, Tina Lynn Martin, for two years, Brown said.

Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Ritter said Tina Martin talked to her then-husband in June and he never mentioned that he was getting married again.

Martin resigned from the police force Dec. 28. He has admitted seizing $160 from Felix Guevara, an immigrant from El Salvador, but has denied stealing from anyone.

Martin said Guevara taunted him with the money, which he snatched from Guevara's hands and put into his pocket. The former officer said he was summoned to an emergency call, after which he returned but could not find Guevara to return the money.

Prosecutors also have accused Martin of robbing two other men.

Pub Date: 4/09/99

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