Man convicted of raping woman, beating her son

A 30-year-old Mount Vernon man was convicted today of raping his live-in ex-girlfriend and beating her 6-year-old son at least twice last year.

Michael E. Thompson Jr. (right) was found guilty of first-degree rape and three counts of second-degree assault, all felonies, and misdemeanor counts of menacing and child endangerment.

A Westchester County jury acquitted him of two counts of third-degree rape an an additional count of first-degree rape.

Prosecutors say Thompson, who is 6-foot-3 and weighs more than 300 pounds, punched the boy in the mouth, knocking out a tooth. They also allege he beat the boy with an electrical cord, poured rubbing alcohol over the open wounds and dunked his head into scalding water.

Thompson was accused of terrorizing the boy’s mother, who worked in a restaurant, threatening to kill her if she didn’t let him live in her apartment. She said Thompson beat and raped her to keep her under his control.

The woman told no one until Feb. 20, when prosecutors said she finally got the courage to go to the police. The defense claimed the woman’s accusations were revenge for Thompson cheating on her.

Acting state Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary set sentencing for Feb. 29. The rape conviction carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in state prison, while each assault charges is punishable by up to seven years.

Yonkers man sentenced for raping boy, 14

WHITE PLAINS — A Yonkers man was sentenced today to 10 years of sex offender probation for raping a 14-year-old boy in 2007.

Patrick Martens (left) apologized in court for his past behavior, which the victim’s father said has turned his son into a heroin addict.

“He’s so ashamed and scared,” the father said.

Martens, who lives on Kincaid Drive, was accused of sodomizing the boy in his home in December 2007. The boy didn’t tell his family until he was confronted about his drug use last year, his father said, and began to cry when he described the abuse.

In a victim’s impact statement, the father said he contacted Martens online, posing as his son. He said Martens wrote back, saying he wanted to have sex with the victim as well as his younger brother.

He said his son, now 18, has become a “dark, lost soul” since being abused and contracted hepatitis C as a result of his heroin use. He said his son told him he hopes to overdose because he can’t bring himself to commit suicide any other way. The father called the 45-year-old Martens “a pathetic excuse for a human being” who took advantage of his son.

Martens, an ex-instructor with the Yonkers Fife and Drum Band, pleaded guilty on April 12 to second-degree criminal sexual act, a felony punishable by up to seven years in state prison. Assistant District Attorney Mary Clark-DiRusso said it was in the victim’s best interest not to have the case go to trial, where he would have to describe the sex acts to a jury.

Westchester County Judge Susan Cacace signed an order of protection banning Martens from having any contact with the victim or his immediate family, who live near Martens. The judge said the conditions of his probation “are severe and they are lengthy” and that he would be closely monitored for the next 10 years.

As part of his sex offender probation, Martens is forbidden from going to parks, playgrounds, malls or any places children under 18 often meet.  He cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school, day-care center or playground and needs permission to travel.Martens also will be required to attend and pay for group counseling, as well as submit to polygraph tests. He cannot own a computer without permission and must pay for software that monitors and limits computer use. He is forbidden to have any photos of minors, including ones cut from publications, or to have cameras and video recording equipment without permission.

Martens, a former guard at Co-Op City in the Bronx, was a former instructor with the Yonkers Fife and Drum Band, which is made up of city firefighters but not run by the department. Yonkers Fire Commissioner Tony Pagano has said Martens has not taught the Yonkers band for at least three years.