ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - An Atlanta minister who prosecutors said went on the run before being found guilty of various charges including child molestation has been recaptured in the Bahamas.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said Don Martin, 45, was caught by authorities in the Bahamas at the airport. Prosecutors are working on extraditing him back to Atlanta. He faces life in prison plus 20 years.
Monday morning, Martin was sentenced to two life sentences for rape and aggravated sexual battery as well as 2o years for cruelty to children in the first degree. Those will be served concurrently. Prosecutors said his 20 years for child molestation will run consecutively.
Martin was convicted of repeatedly raping a young girl for six years until she turned 13 in 2011. Prosecutors said Martin molested the girl more than 30 times in that period, even sexually assaulting her on her 12th birthday.
Investigators said Martin was a minister in the Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ and met the girl's caretaker through the church.
The church, in a statement, claimed Martin had not regularly attended services since 2009 and was never an ordained minister serving in an official capacity and never worked with youth or children.
Prosecutors said Martin would stay over at the girl's house overnight; the abuse occurred there, as well as several other locations in the Oakland City neighborhood in Southwest Atlanta, as well as College Park.
In 2011, Atlanta Police were called to a home on Larosa Terrace to interview the teenage victim, who described the abuse to officers. The case was initially closed in 2011 when the victim did not show at a forensic interview and Martin provided an alibi to investigators.
Police reopened the case in 2014 after the legal guardian contacted police again.
Martin was arrested in 2014 on a $15,000 bond and initially was required to wear an ankle monitor following his arrest; he was indicted in 2015, but two years later, a judge removed that condition.
Prosecutors said Martin failed to appear Monday and Tuesday in court. Closing arguments continued without him and the jury found him guilty. The judge postponed sentencing until his capture because the victim would like to face Martin during the sentencing hearing.
Authorities said Martin is originally from the Bahamas.