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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO David Martinez, 20, is charged with using Facebook to meet and lure underage women to his Bethlehem residence, where he would rape them. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO David Martinez, 20, is charged with using Facebook to meet and lure underage women to his Bethlehem residence, where he would rape them.

Northampton County: DA seeks Facebook rapist victims

Thursday, February 14, 2013 by BERNIE O'HARE Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

By his own admission, David Martinez, 20, is addicted to sex. He told police he's "completely unable to control himself" around women. They are "just unable to say 'No" to him, he told Bethlehem investigators. Martinez faces rape and other charges after using Facebook to befriend two young women whom he lured to his Maple Street apartment in Bethlehem, Northampton COunty District Attorney John Morganelli said in a Feb. 6 press conference

Last September, Martinez met a 17-year-old Catasauqua girl on Facebook. After exchanging picture and text messages, he arranged to meet her and take her back to his apartment. Once he got her there, he allegedly forced her to have sex with him.

Then, on Feb. 1, after befriending her on Facebook, he picked up a 14-year-old Bethlehem girl from Liberty HS and raped her at his home.

When questioned by police, Martinez said that his hormones were out of control and that there are other incidents involving similar situations.

Morganelli said he considers Martinez a person of danger and possible serial rapist. Morganelli said Martinez told police his Facebook behavior was a daily routine, so the DA is concerned that there may be other underage victims.

"I see him as a serial rapist and someone who is preying on young girls," said Morganelli.

Morganelli is asking anyone who has been contacted on Facebook by Martinez to call the District Attorney's office at 610-559-3020 or Bethlehem Police Detective Moses Miller at 610-997-7674.

"The Internet is a wonderful place," said Morganelli, but cautioned that teenagers often lack common sense when dealing with strangers.

Martinez is in Northampton County Prison under $100,000 bail.