Wildwood rape suspect sentenced to probation in unrelated case

Perry Vincent Martin Jr.

A Wildwood rape suspect has been sentenced to probation in an unrelated case.

Perry Vincent Martin Jr., 33, remains free on $75,000 bond since his release Aug. 30 from the Sumter County Detention Center, where he had been held on a charge of sexual battery. He was originally arrested in that case on April 10.

Martin had been free on bond when he was arrested again Aug. 3 after he was caught driving on U.S. 301 on a permit allowing him to drive to and from work. His license had been suspended for refusal to submit to a breath/urine/blood test in Orange County.

Last week in Sumter County Court, Martin pleaded no contest to the charge of driving while license suspended. He has been placed on six months probation.

Martin continues to face charges in the alleged attack in which he reportedly gave alcohol to the 19-year-old sexual assault victim. She was interviewed by Wildwood police at Leesburg Regional Medical Center and said she had met Martin on the dating website, “Tagged.” She agreed to allow him to pick her up and take her to his house for a BBQ dinner. Once they reached his residence, Martin stood in his bedroom and offered the teen something to drink. He grabbed her by the throat and repeatedly told her in profane language that he wanted to have sex with her, according to the arrest report. He forcibly pulled down her pants and had unprotected sex with the teen, all the while squeezing her throat. After he was finished, she was able to break away. She began banging on doors in the neighborhood, pleading for help.

Martin is due for a pre-trial hearing in that case on Nov. 18.