Marty Maule: The MySpace Weirdness of (Former) Conn's Employee Accused of Molesting Autistic Teen Boy in Work Restroom
Martin Charles Maule's not-scary-at-all mugshot: First arrest could land him on the sex offender registry for life.
Harris County Sheriff's Office
A trip to the big city for an East Texas family turned into a nightmare when, according to investigators, an autistic 15-year-old boy was molested by an employee at a North Houston Conn's store.
According to an affidavit filed by Harris County Sheriff's investigators, the boy's dad and sister and other family members came down from Palestine to visit relatives, and while they were here, decided to pick up a refrigerator at a Conn's store on the North Freeway just outside of the city limits on May 19. While they were there, the boy asked to go to the bathroom and went inside to relieve his bladder at a urinal.
The boy was alone in the restroom, but not for long, because suddenly, according to the affidavit, Conn's employee Martin Maule walked in stood next to the boy, and grabbed his penis.
Myspace.com Maule and a unidentified young man. Most of the pictures on Maule's Myspace page are of teen boys.
Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City
TicketsSat., May. 7, 7:45pm
Rice Owls Men's Baseball vs. University of Houston Cougars Baseball
TicketsTue., May. 10, 6:30pm
U of H Cougars Baseball v Texas A&M Corpus Christi
TicketsWed., May. 11, 5:00pm
Rice Owls Men's Baseball vs. Florida Atlantic University Owls Baseball
TicketsFri., May. 13, 7:00pm
The boy said he was too scared to tell the man to stop, and Maule warned him not to tell anyone. The boy also said he was too embarrassed to tell his dad and sister, but told his mother the next day, after the family went back to Palestine.
The boy's sister returned to the store, and based on her brother's description, identified Maule as the suspect and got his name from his nametag. It was later confirmed that Maule had been on duty on the date and time of the boy's visit, and the boy positively identified Maule in a photo lineup.
Maule reportedly refused to cooperate with the investigation. He is charged with indecency with a child by touching, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and was jailed on Monday, his 51st birthday. He has paid his $30,000 bond and is being represented by a court-appointed attorney.
Conn's has dismissed Maule since the allegation came to light.
This is Maule's first brush with the law, which seems kind of amazing when you see that (retroactively) creepy Myspace page of his.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.