Channel 12 News reporting New Rochelle Police took DNA Samples from Martinez' Office at Isaac Young
Talk of the Sound has learned that an employee at Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle formerly expressed concerns to school district administrators earlier this school year that then-newly appointed Assistant Principal Jose Martinez was taking unusual steps to make his office at the school more private. Martinez requested new locks on both the interior and exterior doors to his office including a special lock on the interior door which connected an foyer-area which served as a waiting room to his actual office. Martinez also covered up the window looking into his office until a shade was installed on the interior door, according to sources.
Sources tell Talk of the Sound that the employee was demoted after filing the complaint and admonished for being a "trouble maker".
Another district employee expressed concerns over the nature of the lock on Martinez door.
"He had a lock that no one should have", said one district employee who did not wish to be identified. The lock, known as a "two-key lock" required keys on both sides of the door to work on the lock. Such locks are prohibited in the New York City school system according to a consultant to the New York schools. Talk of the Sound has been unable to determine whether the New Rochelle school district has a similar policy.
According to sources in each building, the locks on the doors at Martinez office at Jefferson Elementary School and his old office at Isaac E. Young Middle School were changed shortly after his arrest.
Channel 12 News is reporting that New Rochelle police investigators found "DNA evidence" in Martinez' old office at Isaac E. Young Middle School. The Cablevision news program also confirmed Talk of the Sound's reporting that Martinez attempted to reconfigure his office at Jefferson to make it more private and, according to Channel 12 reporter Lisa Reyes "may have been targeting more children". Talk of the Sound previously reported that a New Rochelle police forensic team went to Isaac E. Young Middle school as the police held a press conference announcing the arrest of Martinez on March 25th.