Country singer Daniel Lee Martin found dead by apparent suicide amid multiple child sex abuse charges

He was found by the officers when they arrived at his Florida home to serve multiple warrants that were issued in his name. The 54-year-old died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound


                            Country singer Daniel Lee Martin found dead by apparent suicide amid multiple child sex abuse charges
Daniel Lee Martin (PASCO COUNTY SHERIFF)

Country Singer, Daniel Lee Martin was found dead in his apartment in Florida from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 54. Martin was accused of child abuse multiple times and was awaiting trial. He was found by the officers when they arrived at his home to serve multiple warrants that were issued in his name outside of Tennessee. 

The warrants listed three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, another three counts of aggravated sexual battery, two other warrants that were issued for committing an aggravated sexual battery and one count of solicitation of a minor to commit rape of a child. 

“Martin did not respond to attempts to make contact with him,” a statement that was provided to People read.  “The PSO SWAT team was called in to assist, as Martin previously made threats of harm against himself and others.”

The statement continued, "When deputies made entry to the residence, they discovered Martin deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound." Martin was first arrested last month after there were allegations filed against him that stated he was involved in "lewd and lascivious exhibition and prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscenity".

The arrest came after the victim went to the police and told them that the singer exposed himself and started masturbating. The victim further added that on several occasions Martin showed pornographic images. However, Martin was released after spending three hours in jail and on a bail of  $15,000. 

In September 2018, Martin was asked to present himself in front of the jury after he was accused of similar charges, this time the victims were three children of ages 9 to 12. He reportedly turned himself a month later and a trial was set to take place in March. 

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