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Shooting leads to Augusta man's arrest for reported sexual relationship with 15-year-old girl

William Martin (Richmond County Sheriff's Office) William Martin (Richmond County Sheriff's Office)

Gunshots outside a home have led to an Augusta man's arrest. Thirty-eight-year-old William Leroy Martin was arrested Tuesday after his alleged sexual relationship with a fifteen-year-old girl was brought to the attention of law enforcement.

At around 8:16 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, Richmond County Sheriff's Office deputies were called out to an Augusta home for reports of gunshots. When they arrived, the homeowner told deputies she heard a gunshot and fond the front bedroom window had been shot. While deputies were on the scene, the homeowner told them about Martin's relationship with her daughter. She said the girl had recently broken off her relationship with Martin after her mother learned Martin's age.

The daughter told investigators that she had been at a friend's house about an hour before the shooting took place. Martin reportedly began texting the girl, asking her to come out and talk to him. The girl says she didn't want to see him because she was afraid something would happen, so she left through the rear of the residence and went home. Martin reportedly continued trying to contact her. The girl told investigators her relationship with Martin was sexual.

At this time, investigators have not directly connected Martin with the shooting. He is currently charged with Statutory Rape and Sexual Exploitation of Children.

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