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Nov 13, 2013 11:39 PM by Janine Reyes

Former Officer's Mom Breaks Her Silence About Sex Abuse Charges

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A former Robstown police officer is accused of taking advantage of a 14-year old girl.

His mother tells KRIS 6 News she believes her son is innocent she will do whatever she can do defend him.

"It's devastating, its devastating. He lost his career, it's devastating," Jeanette Smillie said by phone Wednesday. "We're fighting. I will stand by my son, he stands by his innocence," she said.

Smillie claims he's being falsely accused of a terrible crime.

27-year-old Ernesto Martinez is facing charges of child sexual assault.

Robstown police arrested him last month for a crime they say happened a year ago.

The arrest affidavit says the girl met Martinez at Ortiz Intermediate. It claims the two had sex in a garage apartment and then lost touch. The girls' mother later called police.

Martinez quit the force a month prior when police accused him of drinking and driving in a police car. Smillie says that is wrong too.

"There was no evidence of him drinking and driving, he was not drunk," she said. "He had not even consumed alcohol that day."

Like most mothers, she'll do anything for her son. She wholeheartedly believes in his innocence and will do anything to help him prove it.

"I will sell all my things, I will sell whatever I need to sell," Smillie said.

Robstown police say they're still investigating the case and they haven't made any new comments on the case.

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