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Aug 6, 2013 7:28 PM by Lupita Murillo

Former girlfriend of ex-cop accused of child porn speaks out

TUCSON - A woman who claims she was terrorized by ex-cop Martin Ward speaks out.

Melanie Olson has a 2 1/2 year old daughter by Ward. She was infuriated by the plea agreement Ward signed on Monday.

[Click here to read previous coverage on KVOA.com on Martin Ward]

The former Tucson Police officer pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. He faces up to 15 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 3rd.

When Melanie Olson says she saw Martin Ward on News 4, and heard him talk about wanting to get out of prison as soon as he could so he could take care of his children Olson says she isn't buying that. "He was trying to illicit sympathy from the court. If he honestly cared about the children affected in this he wouldn't have put himself in this position."

Olson says she lived with Ward 2 1/2 years. In the beginning he was charming, and caring. During her pregnancy he changed.
"I lived in fear. A lot of emotional abuse , on top of physical abuse."
The last straw, when she says she caught him in a child porn chat room. "I said, I don't want you anywhere near my kids ever again you need to get out of my house."


She reported Ward to authorities. Tucson Police also conducted their own investigation. In 2012 he resigned from the department in lieu of getting fired. "Everything that has happened, he's brought it on himself."

In March TPD's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit became aware of his actions when he reportedly downloaded child porn.

In May, detectives raided his parents east side home and found mounds of information that eventually got him indicted on 15 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. "He was a police officer he knew the risks and what the cause of his actions could bring. He should be held accountable he should be held to a higher standard. "
However, she adds, "He's not representative of all the other law enforcement officers that are out there every day putting their lives on the line."


News 4 Tucson, reached out to Martin Ward at the Pima County Jail, and asked for an interview, he declined.

Ward is scheduled to be sentenced in September, but on August 21st he goes back to court on domestic violence charges.

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