State attorney fired for alleged sexual relationship with inmate

DENVER — As a Colorado state public defender, Lucy Martin’s work is important. Your tax dollars pay her salary to defend some of Denver’s most high-profile criminals.

That job ended this month.

Sources tell FOX31 Denver that the Denver Sheriff’s Office suspected Martin was engaging in regular and possibly illegal sexual contact with a client named Leo Martinez in the jail.

At their last meeting, deputies videotaped her.

Sources say the tape confirmed their suspicions and they caught Martin engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with the client. They revoked Martin’s credentials and notified her superiors.

Martin recently defended Martinez in an aggravated robbery trial, which she lost.

We asked Martin about the accusation, but she only smiled and invoked her right to remain silent — a right law professors say she won’t have when the Colorado bar investigates.

University of Denver law professor Eli Wald said an attorney engaging in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a client is grounds for disbarment.

“If you’re asking me why, it is because clients who needed lawyers can be vulnerable. It undermines the trust in the relationship,” said Wald.

The Denver Sheriff’s Office acknowledged an investigation was underway but declined to clarify.

Sources say there is an ongoing criminal investigation.

It is a class six felony for someone working in the jail to have inappropriate sexual contact with an inmate.

The public defender’s office has told us that Martin was recently fired.