CPOA investigator: APD officer lied about Victoria Martens case Web Staff
August 10, 2017 10:10 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Civilian Police Oversight Agency confirmed Thursday evening a former Albuquerque Police Department public information officer lied to the media about the Victoria Martens case.


The Albuquerque Journal claimed officer Fred Duran told a reporter back in January that APD investigated a CYFD referral on the Martens family months before the 10-year-old was raped and killed last year. That referral was based on an accusation Victoria's mother's boyfriend tried to kiss her.

A CPOA investigator said they have confirmed APD never looked into that referral.

"Even though Officer D knew the referral was never investigated, he told Miss Kaplan that it was, in fact, he told in great detail how it was investigated and then he provided even more false information to Miss Kaplan," the investigator said.

Duran has since been reassigned within the department.

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