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City Council Hopeful Arrested For Posting Revenge Porn On Campaign Page

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A special election for a St. Paul City Council seat has been overshadowed by the increasingly erratic behavior of its least-known candidate, David Martinez, culminating in his arrest less than a month before Election Day.

Mayor Melvin Carter, along with the other two candidates for the Fourth Ward seat, called for David Martinez to drop out of the council race. The City Council candidate in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been arrested on suspicion of violating the state’s revenge porn law after a topless picture of his estranged wife was posted to his campaign website.

Police say Martinez was arrested at his office Monday,for felony non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images, two days after a post on his website that included the photo. This incident came after police granted a request from his wife of 13 years for a restraining order. His wife states in the restraining order that Martinez was physically abusive and had a negative impact on their 7-year-old and 10-year-old children, according to Washington Post.

Martinez told KARE11 that he did not post the photo. Instead, he claims his wife knows his passwords and hacked his account in attempt to sabotage him. When reached by Kare 11 Sunday afternoon and asked why he still hadn’t taken down the post, Martinez insisted all his accounts were hacked, including his campaign blog and social media accounts, and he couldn’t get into any of them. Martinez turned down a request for a formal interview, texting, “Everyone is out to get me. No one is giving me a fair shot! No one is willing to listen! We are done.”

Monday’s arrest is just the latest incident in what appears to be a pattern of escalating and erratic behavior. On July 5, Martinez was cited at the St. Paul downtown library for disorderly conduct, police say, for screaming obscenities at library staff members.

The day after that – July 6, Martinez was kicked out of Target Field. Martinez posted video of it on his own Youtube page, screaming obscenities and threatening to “knock out” security staff attempting to remove him.