Arrest Imminent For Former Grimes County Lawman

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An arrest warrant will be issued for the former Chief Deputy Sheriff of Grimes County. A Montgomery County grand jury ruled Thursday that there is sufficient evidence to charge Johnny Martinez with misdemeanor domestic assault.

Montgomery County District Attorney Mike McDougal said once an arrest warrant is issued, probably next week, Martinez will be allowed to turn himself in. He will then be booked for family violence assault and bail will be set.

Martinez has been under investigation in connection with an April 13 incident that happened at his Montgomery County home. Details of the alleged assault have not been released. Instead of arresting the 14 year law enforcement veteran, Montgomery County authorities elected to present the complaint to a grand jury.

Martinez resigned from the Grimes County Sheriff's Office April 19. He has since gone to work as a police officer for the Grimes County community Todd Mission. He was hired by Todd Mission Police Chief and Grimes County Commissioner Bill Pendley. Pendley said he has no plans to remove or suspend Martinez despite his pending arrest.