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Man charged with sexually abusing 6-year-old girl held without bail

A Chicago man already facing child sex abuse charges was ordered held without bail Tuesday following his arrest Monday on a new charge that he sexually abused a 6-year-old girl in 2017.

Carlos Martinez, 52, is charged with predatory criminal sexual assault in this most recent case, prosecutors said. His other charges include aggravated criminal sexual abuse and predatory criminal sexual assault.

If convicted of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, Martinez faces a possible life prison sentence.

According to prosecutors, the now 12-year-old accuser in the most recent case told her mother about the abuse after she learned about Martinez’s pending charges. Prospect Heights police arrested Martinez Monday, authorities said.

Cook County Judge Ellen Mandeltort ordered Martinez have no contact with the accuser or anyone else under age 18.

He next appears in court on May 27.

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