Police: St. Paul City Council candidate posted ‘revenge porn’ of his wife on campaign website

Police: St. Paul City Council candidate posted ‘revenge porn’ of his wife on campaign website
St. Paul City Council candidate David Martinez was arrested for allegedly posting a topless photo of his wife to his campaign website. (Image source: YouTube screencap)

Police arrested a St. Paul, Minnesota, city council candidate Monday over allegations that the man posted a topless photo of his own wife to his campaign website.

The Ramsey County Attorney’s office is now deciding whether or not to charge David Martinez with violating the state’s revenge porn law.

Why in the world would he do that?

On Saturday, Martinez was slapped with a restraining order requested by his estranged wife and subsequently the illicit image of his spouse was uploaded online. Authorities are investigating to find out more details, including whether or not the photo was posted out of retaliation by Martinez.

By Monday, the campaign website was no longer available, but the candidate reportedly claimed on his blog that his wife “fabricated most of the testimony” to obtain the order.

KARE-TV reporter Lou Raguse took to Twitter with a further response from Martinez on Sunday, saying: “I’m working on story of David Martinez, St Paul City Council candidate. He said to me he didn’t post the nude photo of his wife online. He says his accounts were hacked and he no longer has access so can’t take photo down. He told me his wife has his passwords & is sabotaging him.”

While he remains on the ballot, Mayor Melvin Carter and Martinez’ opponents have all called for him to drop out of the Ward 4 race in response to his latest arrest.

Wait, there’s more?

This is Martinez’ third brush with the authorities in just the past several days.

He was booked last week and given a one-month ban from the George Latimer Central Library after reportedly becoming combative and yelling “(Expletive) you!” at librarians in a July 5 incident, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported. Martinez claims he was defending a teen who was being booted out for allegedly vandalizing equipment.

A day after his arrest for the library episode, Martinez was kicked out of a Twins game after clashing with security. He is now banned from Target Field for one year. Video of the encounter was posted by local media for all to see.