Mom accused of prostitution says she moved to ritzy neighborhood for the schools

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by From Staff Reports

kvue.com

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 8:33 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 21 at 4:06 PM

DALLAS -- A University Park single mom accused of prostitution this week claims she is a massage therapist running an honest business out of her home and that she moved to the area for the good schools, according to Park Cities People.

Cynthia Martinez, 44, said she moved to University Park in 2003 from Cedar Hill so that her children, ages 14 and 15, could attend classes in the Highland Park school district.

"My main motivation was a good education without having to pay private school prices," she told the newspaper on Wednesday. "I know people want the house. I know they want more desirable people. But this is what they are going to get until my kids graduate from high school. They are just going to have to live with me for a few years more whether they like it or not."

Martinez was arrested Monday after authorities ran an undercover sting with Dallas vice officers, according to University Park police. Martinez posted $500 bond and was released from Dallas County Jail on Tuesday. No other arrests were expected.

Martinez maintained her innocence during her interview with Park Cities People. "I do not have sex with clients. That is not my business. That is not my motivation," she said. "Whether people like it or not, this is a business."

Martinez might face additional charges relating to city code violations for running a business out of her home, police said.

Unlike the manicured lawns of other homes in the neighborhood, the house rented by Martinez is partially covered by overgrown shrubs and trees. The Dallas Central Appraisal District appraised the property at $430,000.

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