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Former resident facing sex offense charges from 2005 incident in Lee County Jail

By Staff | Mar 17, 2015

A former Cape Coral resident is facing sex offense charges more than a decade after the allegations were brought forward involving a then-underage victim.

Martin Ibarra Galnarez, 40, of 719 Lantana Road, Apt. 59, Corpus Christi, Texas, was booked into the Lee County Jail last Wednesday for failing to appear for a felony offense in relation to a 2005 case.

In January 2005, he was accused of getting a teen girl drunk and raping her on at least two occasions. On June 15, Galnarez, then of 3007 S.W. 11th Court, was charged with two counts each of sex offense against a victim 12 years of age up to 15 years of age and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, Galnarez bonded out of jail after two days and took off immediately. He has been on the run since for the charges stemming from the 2005 allegations.

A warrant for Galnarez remained active over the years. Recently, the U.S. Marshal’s Service followed up on a tip that Galnarez was living in Corpus Christi, Texas, and they apprehended him on Jan. 7.

Crime Stoppers reported that Galnarez was held without bond for nearly two weeks in the Nueces County Jail, before a judge invoked an unusual overruling process and granted him a $150,000 bond. Galnarez posted it immediately, and Lee County authorities sought to secure a governor’s warrant.

On Feb. 19, Gov. Greg Abbott signed the warrant and Galnarez was taken into custody at a hearing.

He was re-booked into the Nueces County Jail to await extradition back to Southwest Florida.

In 2005, Galnarez retained attorney Landon Miller to represent him.

Miller’s office reported on Tuesday that Miller has filed a motion for withdrawal as Galnarez’s counsel. It is unknown at this time if Galnarez has retained another attorney to represent him.

A hearing is set on April 6 to hear the motion to withdraw.

Assistant State Attorney John W. Dommerich is handling the case.

The State Attorney’s Office declined comment on Tuesday.

“It is an active case, so I can’t discuss it,” spokeswoman Samantha Syoen said.

Galnarez has a court appearance scheduled for April 8.