By Devin Sanchez
MIDLAND - Earlier this month, NewsWest 9 investigated Charles Martinez, an underground rap artist from Stanton, better known as "Ereez."
He's charged with coercion and enticement of a juvenile to engage in sexual activity after he met a 16-year- old girl through Facebook and traveled to Green Bay, Wisconsin to bring her back to Stanton.
Martinez had his pre-trial bond hearing on Wednesday. At the hearing, Special Agent Pedro Delgado with Homeland Security, told the court he went to Kermit to find Martinez back in July.
Martinez was in Kermit working on a drilling site for Straub Corporation.
Agent Delgado said during the seizure of Martinez's computer and files, no explicit images were found.
When Martinez took the stand, he told Judge David Counts he was an Army veteran and served one tour in Iraq.
Martinez also revealed he was in love with the 16-year-old and had proposed to her. He said they announced their engagement on Facebook.
Assistant U.S. Attorney, John Klassen, said there was nothing romantic about Martinez's relationship with a 16-year-old girl and added Martinez showed remarkably predatory behavior.
Judge Counts did not grant Martinez bond. He said there is a presumption with the charges for Martinez to be a flight risk and a danger to the community.
However, Judge Counts told Martinez, he was more concerned with the temptation to use the Internet, especially since that's how Martinez promoted himself as an inspirational rapper for the youth.