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Trial to begin for registered sex offender accused of raping, sex trafficking 12-year-old girl

Ivy Martin (Source: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office) Ivy Martin (Source: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The trial for a registered sex offender who is accused of sex trafficking a 12-year-old girl to between two parishes is scheduled to begin today. The man, Ivy Martin, is one of seven people accused of raping the girl in 2013. Officials say Jury selection is expected to begin around 1 p.m.

Martin was indicted in March 2014 on seven counts of aggravated rape and one count of molestation of a juvenile.

Officials with the District Attorney's office say four of the accused are expected to testify against 40-year-old Ivy Martin. Everyone charged, except Martin, has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

In November 2013, Martin was arrested after being accused of raping the girl on multiple occasions. Reports say that it happened on a weekly basis.

The victim told deputies that she had sexual contact with Ivy Edward Martin of Port Allen on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. She also stated that this was not the first occasion. She claims it has happened on a weekly basis since September 2013, but began months before.

"The victim advised that [Martin] told her if she reported the incident, ‘she would be made a fool of, and no one would believe her,’" states Martin's arrest report.

Deputies questioned Martin and he denied having sex with the victim. He did state that he watched the victim while she performed sexual acts on other adult males. The report notes that he told deputies he is "sick" and needs "help."

A week after Martin was arrested, two more arrests were made. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Arthur L. Jones of Baker, and Michael Jerrold Sherbin of Baton Rouge on charges of aggravated rape.

During the investigation, the 12-year-old girl identified Sherbin and Jones as the other men who raped her. She told investigators that Martin and Sherbin raped her in July 2013. She told investigators that Martin and Jones raped her in October of that year. The report added Jones also told police he knew that Martin allowed other men to have sex with the victim but he failed to do anything about it.

The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office said, "Ivy Martin had intercourse with the 12-year-old female juvenile and on one occasion he involved Clarence Tillman of Port Allen."

Tillman was charged with principal to rape and principal to oral sexual battery. He was not indicted by the Grand Jury. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 4, 2015 to principal to indecent behavior with a juvenile in West Baton Rouge Parish. He was sentenced to five years hard labor, however all but 14 months of his sentence was suspended and he was given credit for time served.

On June 11, 2015, his probation was revoked for failing to submit an approved sex offender residence plan and was arrested. He was sentenced the five years with credit for time served. He is being held in the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

According to the affidavit, Tillman also involved Brandon Edwards during the incident with the 12-year-old. Edwards was charged with aggravated rape. The report says both Ivy Martin and Edwards had sexual contact with the child during this instance.
Edwards was indicted through West Baton Rouge Parish on Jan. 16, 2015 on two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile under the age of 13. On May 6, 2015, he entered a best interest plea of guilty and was sentenced to 25 years hard labor, however all but six years of his sentence was suspended.

On March 25, 2015 in East Baton Rouge Parish, Edwards pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent behavior with a juvenile under the age of 13. He was sentenced to 25 years hard labor, but given credit for time served. The court suspended all but six years of the sentence, which will be served without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. His time with East Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge Parishes will be served concurrent.

In addition to the six years, he will pay $60 per month to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections to defray the cost of supervision, maintain full time employment, have no contact with the victim, submit to random drug testing at his own expense, remain alcohol and drug free, remain arrest and conviction free, obtain a substance abuse evaluation and follow whatever treatment recommended, not possess pornography of any kind and have no unsupervised contact with juveniles under the age of 17.

According to a probable cause report from EBRSO, Michael Sherbin of Baton Rouge told investigators he had sex with the girl as well in July, immediately after watching Martin have sex with the victim.

On January 6, 2015, Sherbin pleaded guilty to indecent behavior with a juvenile under the age of 13. He was sentenced to 20 years hard labor. The court suspended all but four years of the sentence, to be served without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. After his time served, he will be placed on probation for five years.

In addition to the six years, he will testify against Ivy Martin, will pay $60 per month to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections to defray the cost of supervision, have no contact with the victim, and obtain a sex offender and substance abuse evaluations. He is also not allowed to possess pornography of any kind or have any unsupervised contact with juveniles under the age of 17. He must abide by all sex offender registration statues, obtain full time employment or status in school, remain arrest and conviction free, remain drug and alcohol free, submit to random drug tests at his own expense, and perform 50 hours of community service work.

Also arrested was Jessica D. Carr. She was identified as the sixth suspect accused of participating in sexual acts with the 12-year-old. She pleaded guilty on Jan. 21, 2015 after the charge was amended to indecent behavior with a juvenile under the age of 13.

She was sentenced to 18 years hard labor, but the court suspended all but three years of her sentence. After serving her time, she will be placed on 5 years of probation. Along with probation, she will have to pay $60 per month to defray the cost of supervision, have no contact with the victim, obtain a sex offender evaluation, remain arrest and conviction free, remain drug and alcohol free, submit to random drug tests at her own expense, obtain a substance abuse evaluation, abide by all sex offender registration requirements, have no unsupervised contact with juveniles under 17, obtain her GED, have GPS ankle bracelet for the first year of supervision, obtain full time employment or status in school and cooperate with the District Attorney’s Office and testify truthfully if necessary.

The seventh person arrested was Jerome Jackson. Jackson was taken into custody by the Port Allen Police Department. He was charged with aggravated rape for an incident that allegedly occurred in early November 2013.

Jackson pleaded guilty on Jan. 14, 2015 to an amended charge of indecent behavior with a juvenile under the age of 13. He was sentenced to 25 years hard labor, but the court suspended all but five years of his sentence. He will serve the five years without benefit of probation, parole and suspension.

He will have to pay $60 per month, have no contact with the victim, obtain a sex offender evaluation and follow any recommended treatment, remain arrest and conviction free, remain drug and alcohol free, submit to random drug tests at his own expense, testify truthfully and cooperate with the District Attorney in the Ivy Martin trial, obtain a substance abuse evaluation and follow any recommended treatment, abide by all sex offender registration requirements, have no unsupervised contact with any juveniles under the age of 17, do not possess any pornography and he must obtain employment.

The child's mother was issued a summons for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

EBRSO Spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks reports that the mother's identity will not be released in order to protect the identity of the child.

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