(WARNING: THIS ARTICLE IS GRAFFIC IN CONTENT)
A Grapeland man, William Michael “Billy” Martin, has been arrested for three counts of burglary after allegedly stealing hospital keys and breaking into areas of the hospital to steal photographs and conduct lewd and lascivious acts.
Crockett Police Chief David “Buddy” Cross reported, “Martin has exhibited that he is a danger to the local community. I interviewed him and he confessed to three burglaries at ETMC Crockett. He admitted to stealing master keys to the hospital and would enter the facility late at night. He also had a collection of women’s under garments at his residence that he admitted he had stolen from a local laundromat and laundromats in Huntsville and Conroe. He also admitted to other deviant activities that we are investigating at this time. I have made the district attorney aware of Mr. Martin and we are going to work together on this case to ensure the safety of the public.”
According to the arrest affidavit, Martin has allegedly entered the ETMC hospital building, allegedly with intent to commit a crime on three separate occasions.
The affidavit explains that during the first incident, Martin took keys from the chief maintenance man’s office, while the office was locked and utilized those to enter portions of the hospital not open to the public, especially the administration and nurses training facility late at night. Martin has confessed to using a rooftop access to get into specific areas of the hospital, as well as crawling over walls in the building via the removable ceiling tiles.
The second count is for December 23, 2012, when Martin allegedly crawled over a wall, breaking through the ceiling tiles to get into a nurse’s office where he took photographs off the wall. He also allegedly masturbated in the office, leaving a trail of semen on the floor. Martin had denied breaking into the nurse’s office, but confessed to masturbating in the restrooms at the hospital, noting that he sometimes masturbates up to 15 times a day.
On December 26, 2012, Martin allegedly walked in on a housekeeper in the ladies room and scared her. In the early morning hours of the next day, December 27, 2012, Martin was located by Crockett Police Department at 12:35 a.m. peeping in the windows of Community Care Center. He was arrested and that is when law enforcement found six keys, to ETMC offices and entries in his possession.
The third count is from December 30, 2012, when Martin allegedly took photographs of staff and nurses from the nursing school bulletin board. He informed officers that he broke into the nurses training facility room through the ceiling into a room where the computers were, stripped down to the nude with the intention of masturbating but then changed his mind.
On Friday, January 4, 2013, Chief Cross, accompanied by Grapeland Police Chief John Smith, located Martin at his apartment in Grapeland and requested that Martin answer some questions. Martin consented and later gave law enforcement consent to enter and search his residence, an apartment located on Plum Street. During their search, officers located several photographs of ETMC staff and nurses that Martin admitted to have stolen from the nursing school bulletin board. They also located stacks of female panties – that he told officers that he stole from laundromats in Crockett, Huntsville and Conroe, admitting he like to sniff them during masturbation. When officers found several beach balls, and questioned Martin about them, he informed them that he liked to dress in women’s clothing, put the beach ball underneath and pretend that he was pregnant. Both his home and his vehicle were searched.
The stolen photographs, female panties, a large bag of bras and other female items that Martin reported he had stolen from Huntsville were all collected as evidence.
This is not Martin’s first run-in with the law. He has been arrested several times with a record that includes burglary, indecent exposure and public lewdness.
Martin is currently being held in the Houston County Jail on bonds totaling $45,000.