Amherst lawyer sentenced to jail for indecent A&B

Staff Writer
Published: 1/16/2019 3:37:25 PM

SPRINGFIELD — An Amherst lawyer will serve six months in jail after he was found guilty of three counts of indecent assault and battery on a woman he met while handling a foreclosure proceeding.

James J. Martin, 41, was sentenced Tuesday by Hampden Superior Court Judge J. Gavin Reardon Jr. to 18 months in the Hampden County Jail and House of Correction, with six months to be served directly. The balance of his sentence will then be suspended as he serves two years of probation.

Conditions of Martin’s probation include registering as a sex offender, wearing a GPS monitor, sex offender treatment and mental health evaluation and treatment.

In a statement, Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni thanked the victim for “her courageousness in coming forward and working with my office to ensure justice can be served.”

“Regardless of one’s profession or position in the community, this type of behavior is unacceptable, unlawful, and will continue to be treated with the utmost seriousness by my office,” Gulluni said. “I would like to thank Assistant District Attorney Eileen Sears, who worked hard over several years with this case and did an excellent job securing the convictions.”

The three counts Martin was convicted of stem from an incident in the parking lot of Westfield District Court, where Martin had followed a woman to the parking lot. He had met with the woman in regards to a foreclosure proceeding on her home and was representing a bank in the case. Martin asked the woman for a ride, and when she turned him down he continued to follow her to her car, where he assaulted her before she got away.

Martin faces trials for alleged sexual assaults against two other women in Hampden Superior Court, one of whom alleges Martin raped her.

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