Man arrested, extradited to Chambersburg following 2016 rape of disabled juvenile

06 May 2024- A man who had been living in Texas has now been extradited and arraigned in Chambersburg following an extensive, years long search. Carlos Martinez-Franco is facing charges of felony rape forcible compulsion, felony IDSI forcible compulsion, and felony sexual assault. Martinez-Franco, who also allegedly went by the name Juan Carlos Franco, was apprehended in Conroe, Texas on March 4th, 2024. He was arraigned over the weekend by MDJ Eyer in Franklin County and failed to post bail of $300,0000.

Chambersburg PD were initially made aware of a potential rape following a runaway call being place on July 12th, 2016. Officers were notified that this disabled then-16 year old juvenile was found shortly after, around 7 hours later. After the juvenile spoke with her grandmother about the incident, she was taken to Chambersburg Hospital for a sexual assault exam and CPD were contacted again.

A forensic interview was conducted a few days later that allegedly saw a timeline come into view for CPD. The victim had left her home after an argument with family and tried to visit her boyfriend. Her boyfriend, however, was not home so she went to the home of a friend of a friend. That person, CPD say, ended up being “Juan Carlos Franco”, or Carlos Martinez-Franco.

Chambersburg PD say that the juvenile victim was sexually assaulted by Martinez-Franco, with her verbally refusing multiple times. After staying the night for fear of retaliation, CPD say the victim returned home and the investigation was initiated.

Contacting those at the home of Martinez-Franco, CPD say that he was not home during the multiple times they spoke to the residents. It was, however, that “Carlos” lived there, who was confirmed to be the fictitious “Juan”. During this time, though, CPD say Martinez-Franco skipped town and it took until today for him to be found and extradited.

Carlos Martinez-Franco is behind bars on $300,000 bail.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39201-CR-0000545-2016, Incident/Complaint Number: C2016-08623