Former Chico State student sentenced in sex, hacking case

A former Chico State University student has been sentenced to 32 years in state prison after pleading no contest to a variety of sex, fraud, extortion and child pornography charges.

Butte County Superior Court Judge Michael Deems imposed the sentence for 29-year-old Daniel Deluna Martinez of Hamilton City Thursday. The sentence was the result of a plea agreement.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Martinez first caught the attention of the authorities in 2014 when several of his former roommates’ Chico State student accounts were hacked and taken over by a computer traced to Martinez’s parents’ home in Hamilton City.

In one case Martinez was accused of hacking a student’s account and dropping that student’s classes, prosecutors have said. It was also alleged he opened false credit card accounts in the student’s and other’s names.

Prosecutors have said more than 10 victims were identified, including a female student Martinez allegedly hacked and obtained nude photos of, threatening to post the photos online unless she sent him more.

Investigators seized Martinez’s hard drive in 2015 and found on it videos taken by Martinez showing him urinating on the bedding and underwear of his former female roommates, according to prosecutors, as well as videos showing him urinating in food and drinks and then placing the items back in the refrigerator.

More than 90 videos of child pornography were also found, according to prosecutors.

The District Attorney’s Office has said its own investigation yielded videos showing Martinez sexually assaulting two women between February 2011 and May 2014. The women were often unconscious from either drugs or alcohol.

Martinez pleaded no contest Feb. 23 to 14 felony counts, including forcible oral copulation, sodomy of an unconscious person, rape of an unconscious person, oral copulation of an unconscious person, and penetration with a foreign object of an unconscious person.

Martinez also pleaded to attempted extortion, residential burglary, computer access fraud, identity theft and possession of child pornography.

One of Martinez’s victims spoke at his sentencing Thursday, calling him a “monster” who abused their friendship and found “joy” in wielding power over the finances of others.

Martinez, wearing a green jail-issued shirt and gray pants, didn’t address the court during his sentencing. He conferred quietly with his attorneys at times and was ushered back to the jail in Oroville following his sentencing.

Outside of court, one of Martinez’s attorneys, Kevin Sears, described his client’s sentence as fair, adding that Martinez “understands how incredibly wrong his actions were.”

“And he feels awful about victimizing people that were his best friends, that trusted him,” Sears said. “He understands he violated that trust. He feels awful about it, but he also understands that there’s nothing that he can say or do that would ever repair what he did.”