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Man who sexually assaulted two minors in Balboa Park sentenced to prison

Posted at 6:33 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 21:35:07-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A Balboa Park street performer who sexually assaulted two minors will spend seven years in state prison and have to register as a sex offender.

Thursday Luis Haaz-Martinez, 22, was sentenced on three felony sex crimes charges against the two underage girls.

Haaz-Martinez pleaded guilty to the three counts in October. Five other charges were dismissed.

He was arrested in May when police said he would approach “youthful appearing females” he met while performing at Balboa park, then lure them into isolated areas where he would attack.

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One of his victim’s gave an impact statement in court, saying she just turned 15-years-old on Wednesday and has never felt more lost in her life.

Her parents said they were married in Balboa Park, an area once very special to them, now ruined. The mothers of both victims directly addressed Haaz-Martinez in court, at times yelling at him.

“I think both mothers expressed what any mother would feel in the situation having their teenage daughters go through what they went through,” said Deputy District Attorney Trisha Amador.

After that, Haaz-Martinez apologized, saying he is remorseful, ashamed of what he did and afraid to go to prison.
Then the judge handed down the maximum sentence of seven years in state prison.

He may also be deported to his home country of Mexico when he serves his time,

“The girls are doing their best to overcome and be strong and move on with their lives,” said Amador. “The hearing was exceptionally emotional and I think the judge acknowledged that in the sentence and what they're still going through today.”