Police ask public’s help locating man suspected of raping 10-year-old girl

Jose Rosemberg Martinez, of St. George, wanted for first-degree felony rape of a child. St. George Police posted photo February 2017 | Photo courtesy of the St. George Police Department, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A $100,000 cash-only bail warrant has been issued for a 33-year-old man suspected of fleeing to Mexico after allegedly being caught raping a 10-year-old Washington County girl.

Jose Rosemberg Martinez, of St. George, wanted for first-degree felony rape of a child | Photo courtesy of the St. George Police Department, St. George News

Jose Rosemberg Martinez, of St. George, is accused of three counts of first-degree felony rape of a child, according to a warrant issued Monday by the 5th District Court.

The St. George Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Rosemberg, whom police believe may be headed to Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Nevada, or Mexico.

The child was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George Saturday night by her mother, who reportedly walked in as the alleged rape was ending.

“The medical examination in this incident confirmed that a rape had occurred,” St. George Police said in a statement Tuesday, noting that an investigation revealed that this was not the first time Rosemberg had raped the child.

The girl reportedly told medical personnel that the abuse had been going on for the past five years, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed in support of the arrest warrant.

When police responded to arrest Rosemberg at his St. George residence Sunday, they found that Rosemberg had fled.

When officers contacted Rosemberg by phone, Rosemberg told them he was on his way to Salt Lake City and would be back in town Monday and hung up the phone, according to the warrant.

Police were unable to locate Rosemberg in St. George Monday.

According to the girl’s mother, Rosemberg reportedly went to his construction job, turned in his work keys and told his co-workers “he was heading to Mexico,” the warrant stated.

Rosemberg is described by police as being 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and having black hair, brown eyes and a mustache.

Anyone with any information regarding Rosemberg’s whereabouts is asked to call the St. George Police Department at 435-627-4300.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @STGnews

Copyright St. George News, SaintGeorgeUtah.com LLC, 2017, all rights reserved.

Free News Delivery by Email

Would you like to have the day's news stories delivered right to your inbox every evening? Enter your email below to start!


  • ladybugavenger March 1, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Oh my! It just breaks my heart ❤️ poor girl. I’m so sad for her. 🙁

    This being is a monster! It’s not even human, it’s inhumane. It’s evil.

  • debbie March 1, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    i hope she is getting set up awith the southwest center or therapy and associates immediatly.. her mother needs love and support and therapy to get all that anguish out of her mind too.. two lives completely shattered for the rest of their lives.. and he’s worried about eating jail food. God, we need your help down here.. the world has lost its mind.. please heal these people, in christs name i pray amen.

  • .... March 1, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    The whole world has gone off its freakin rocker. find him and do society a favor. Shoot on sight !

  • comments March 1, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    But of course “they do the jobs americans won’t”. A failed immigration system was a partial cause for this one. Illegals get so comfortable here that they feel they can do things like this. Need to ship them all home. But I don’t think it will happen

    • Badshitzoo March 2, 2017 at 6:20 am

      Nevermind that. There’s too many here to mess with the problem that way. What we need to do is invade, and take over Mexico! Fair, is fair. This Trump doctrine is a bumbling half-measure at best. We can help all of the Mexican people become American people, and take control of all their natural (lots of oil) resources, and 8000 miles of great coastline. We can get a handle on those cartel boys, and sign up another 122 million taxpayers! I don’t see a downside? The 1st & 2nd Marine divisions are right near the border at Camp Pendelton, Calif. It would be a weekend operation at most. The Mexican Military can barely deal with El Chapo (Shorty) Guzmon! They won’t even show up to a visit from U.S.!

      • ladybugavenger March 2, 2017 at 11:31 am

        HaHa! I’ll vote for that!

    • Pete March 3, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Never mind that white boys are committing crimes every day as well, many just as horrendous as this one… lets put all of our focus on a small group of people. My wife works in the criminal justice system and every crime of this type is unforgivable… it doesn’t matter where they come from.

    • Xenotypes May 22, 2017 at 2:21 am

      The immigration system has nothing to do with it. It’s, who hired “this” guy? Who was he working for? They left out.

  • HarrymanThatsMe March 4, 2017 at 12:40 am

    YEP there ya have it FOLKS
    Just another … MEXICAN!!!
    Now I know OTHER races breaks the law I’m not naive BUT why … does it ALWAYS “seem” to be a mexican????
    They sneak and crawl their way into OUR country for the “BETTER LIFE” then when they get cought breaking the law what’s the FIRST THING they do????
    BAM you guessed it they RUN back to ‘ ole MEXICO!!!!!!
    Ed. ellipses.

  • Heather November 18, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    If the last name of the offender is Martinez, why does the author continue to refer to him as Rosemburg? Hmmm……

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.