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Accused rapist David Martinez will stand trial

Police say Martinez met his victims on Facebook; 2 were pregnant

Accused Bethlehem rapist will stand trial

EASTON, Pa. - An accused serial rapist who, police said, met his victims on Facebook will be going to trial in Northampton County.

David Martinez learned his fate Monday at a court hearing in Northampton County Court.

"Stop. stop. I was scared for my daughter," one of the alleged victims testified. She was pregnant when she said Martinez raped her inside his car near the lookout on South Mountain Drive.

The woman was one of five women, two pregnant and one as young as 15, who all said Martinez raped or sexually assaulted them. The alleged abuse started in December 2011; the last one happened this past January.

The pattern seems to be the same.  The accusers testified Martinez first used Facebook to connect. One woman said Martinez contacted her only after she posted an ultra sound.

The online conversations turned to texting, which eventually led to a face to face meeting. It was during that meeting when the women said they were attacked.

Two of the alleged victims said the abuse happened inside Martinez's home in Bethlehem. Another testified she was raped inside his van in the 900 block of Monroe in Freemansburg, Northampton Co.

The alleged abuse started the same, kissing turning aggressive with Martinez pinning them down with one hand and pulling their pants down with another.

Perhaps the most disturbing testimony came from the 15-year-old girl, who was only 14 at the time of the attack.

On the stand, she said Martinez picked her up from school, brought her back to his home, and then raped and hit her.

Bethlehem police do believe there are more victims out there and urge them to come forward.

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