On November 23, 2022, Shawn A. Martin II, age 28 was found guilty of 2 counts of Child Seduction, a level 5 felony, following a contested bench trial in front of Boone Circuit Judge Lori Schien. The charges stem from sexual acts by Martin perpetrated upon a juvenile victim in November of 2020 at a location off of school property. Martin was a substitute teacher for the Zionsville School Corporation when he met the juvenile victim.
The Prosecution Team was led by Special Victim’s Prosecutor Heidi Jennings, cocounsel Deputy Prosecutor Lindsay Adams, Victim Advocate Jenna Crick, and Boone County Sheriff’s Detective Brad Dunn. After the verdict, Special Victim’s Prosecutor Heidi Jennings stated: “Martin used his position of authority to prey upon a juvenile and it is our duty to do everything we can do to protect them. There are no words than can express my gratitude to the victim, the victim’s family, and the Prosecution Team.”
Prosecutor Eastwood when asked to comment on the verdict stated: “Martin was in a position of trust and had a responsibility to our children – he broke that trust and will now be held accountable. Thank you to our victim for being a strong young person and thank you to our Prosecution Team for giving this juvenile a voice!”
The sentencing hearing for Martin is set for December 19, 2022, at 1:30 PM in Boone