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Colorado Springs man receives maximum sentence for videotaping sexual assault

COLORADO SPRINGS - A man from Colorado Springs was given the maximum sentence on Thursday for sexually assaulting a woman in Aurora and recording it on his phone.

Desmond Alvis Martin, 31, was sentenced to 48-years to life in prison in connection with an incident on January 13, 2016.  

The victim told authorities that a man with a handgun and a mask entered her home and forced her at gunpoint to perform numerous sex acts while he taped her on his cell phone. 

Martin was identified when law enforcement officers in Colorado Springs noticed similarities in this case and other sexual assaults in El Paso County. 

A group of women involved in those other investigations testified in the Arapahoe County. 

Rape “is a violent and ugly crime, a crime of power. You degraded your victim to make yourself feel powerful,” Arapahoe District Court Judge Phillip Douglass told Martin as he imposed the sentence. “The only thing stopping you is that you are in custody.”

On July 7, 2017, an Arapahoe County jury found Martin guilty of sexual assault, a Class 2 felony.

The Aurora victim spoke at the sentencing. 

“What he did is not OK – nobody deserves to be held at gunpoint like I was. I’m still in therapy over the 30 minutes I spent with him,” the woman said. “He needs to get what he deserves.”

Martin is also expected to be at a plea hearing in Colorado Springs on September 5 for sexual assault charges. 

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