NASSAU, The Bahamas, Monday December 17, 2018 – A Bahamian man wanted in the United States for sexually assaulting a girl over a six-year period was nabbed in his home country over the weekend.
Don Cyprian Martin was held shortly after 5 p.m. on Saturday when police were called to the international terminal of the Lynden Pindling International Airport and apprehended him as he attempted to leave the country.
Martin is wanted in Atlanta on an outstanding criminal court warrant. He is expected to be extradited back to the US.
According to reports in the Atlanta press, Martin fled the state after being convicted of rape, aggravated sexual battery, child molestation and cruelty to children in the first degree, for repeatedly assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
She told authorities Martin began touching her inappropriately in 2005, when she was just seven years old and continued abusing her until 2011, when she told police about the abuse. She said he molested her more than 30 times between 2005 and 2011, including on her 12th birthday.
Martin was a minister at a church in Atlanta at the time and a friend of the girl’s legal guardian.
After Martin was arrested, he was required to wear an ankle monitor, but in 2017 a judge altered the conditions of his bond and allowed him to remove the ankle monitor.
After sitting through five days of testimony in the trial, Martin didn’t show up for either closing arguments or the verdict. The court had postponed the sentencing because the victim wanted to face her abuser during the sentencing.