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MCAO: Juan Martinez placed on administrative leave

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Posted at 9:12 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 00:39:43-05

PHOENIX — High-profile prosecutor Juan Martinez has been placed on administrative leave, according to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

A spokeswoman for MCAO confirmed the change Tuesday night saying, "On Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, Juan Martinez was placed on paid administrative leave. We currently have no further comment on this personnel matter at this time."

Martinez, who is best known for the Jodi Arias case, has been accused of prosecutorial misconduct, is under an ethics investigation and facing claims of sexual harassment.

Friday's move by the County Attorney's Office came one day before the Arizona State Bar filed an appeal demanding complaints involving Martinez's alleged sexual harassment of female co-workers be addressed as an ethics violation - something a disciplinary judge has refused to do.

Martinez is accused of having a relationship with a blogger who was covering the trial, ABC15 reported in August 2019.

His case has been referred to an independent counsel and the Arizona State Bar does not offer an opinion on cases it is not investigating, said Alberto Rodriguez, spokesman for the Arizona State Bar.

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The Maricopa County Attorney's Office announced in September that Martinez was moved from the Capital Litigation Bureau to the Auto Theft Bureau.