Foster care worker convicted of sex crimes against foster child

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A former family support worker with Saint Francis Community Services is being sentenced for child sex crimes.

Bridgett Martinez was convicted of consensual sexual intercourse, lewd fondling, or sodomy with a foster child. The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on May 23rd, 2016.

Saint Francis Community Services of Salina says Martinez was placed on administrative leave when they found out about the charges back in July and was terminated on July 8th.

Saint Francis Community Services released the following statement to KSN Thursday evening:

A statement from The Very Reverend Robert N. Smith, Dean and CEO: “Saint Francis Community Services is aware of criminal charges filed against, and the sentence given by the court to, one of its former employees, Bridgett Martinez.

Ms. Martinez was employed by Saint Francis Community Services as a Family Support Worker. Saint Francis Community Services placed Ms. Martinez on administrative leave immediately upon learning of her arrest. Her employment with Saint Francis Community Services ended July 8, 2016.

The mission of Saint Francis Community Services is to serve those who are vulnerable and at risk. We condemn the actions of anyone who takes advantage of individuals and violates the laws which protect them.

Saint Francis Community Services extends its heartfelt sympathy to the victim in this case.”

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