Another condition of her parole required her to be subject to random checks from parole officers. According to Middletown police, during one of those checks in her Middletown apartment, parole officers discovered a loaded handgun, a 9mm handgun, 2 bags of marijuana and “a large sum” of cash. The parole officers called Middletown police, who then obtained a search warrant for the apartment.
The search unearthed ammunition, 26 grams of cocaine, digital scales, 45 grams of marijuana, a 9mm gun, a Glock 27, $4,378 and an unknown substance police sent to a lab for testing.
Martin and two men who were with her were taken into custody; her attorney, Jennifer Kinsley, argued at a hearing that Martin did not know the drugs or guns were in her apartment. Kinsley said the items belonged to one of the men arrested, who was in the process of moving in to Martin’s apartment.
“The contraband was found in moving boxes and furniture with male belongings,” Kinsley told The Washington Post. “We argued that the contraband did not belong to Alexis and the evidence suggested she was not aware it was in the apartment.”
Martin was booked into the Middletown jail and later transferred into state custody, Middletown police said.
Martin’s story became a cause celebre among advocates of criminal justice reform in 2020 after her release was championed by reality star-turned-activist Kim Kardashian West’s Oxygen documentary, “Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project.”
The documentary revealed that, while in prison, Martin earned her GED, become a certified dog trainer and ran a group for survivors of human trafficking.
In 2020, after her release, Martin spoke with WCPO about her relationship with Kerney and the events leading up to her incarceration.
“He was very enchanting. He was, and I can’t put it anywhere else besides very fatherly,” Martin said in 2020.
Kerney became her sex trafficker when she was just 14.
“Ultimately, him and one of his brothers were the only people that was allowed to abuse me across the board, unless you paid for it. Unless you pay to abuse me, you weren’t allowed.”
Martin said she realized she was being sold for sex when she was told she couldn’t go to school anymore. The moment she knew she needed to escape was much worse.
“In front of other men, Angelo made me get naked and bow down on the kitchen table. He poured beer on me,” Martin said. “I had to go, and that was the turning point.”
According to her legal team in 2020, Martin was 15 when she reached out to a friend to help her escape.
Martin spent much of her time after her release focused on helping others get through traumas. Martin said in 2021 she had hopes of going to Ohio State University to develop her business, an outreach program for at-risk youth. She said she wanted her program to offer counseling, jobs and tutoring.
“Every butterfly has to fight out of its cocoon,” Martin said. “It just doesn’t crack open for you. You have to fight to reach that beauty. So don’t give up.”
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