"My character was supposed to be this womanizing, Sin City, strip-bar-going guy," Martin said. "This is a fake character -- 12 years ago.
"My character died 10 years ago. Chris Sterling broke his neck. I got carried out on a gurney."
The Gazette showed Martin copies of the messages Wednesday. He said he didn't write the sexually explicit comments about teen girls, but he couldn't recall which of the other messages he wrote, and which were authored by XMCW writers.
"I can't tell you who did it, but I didn't do it," Martin said of the most sexually explicit posts. "Fifty percent of the people will believe me, and 50 percent won't believe me."
Martin said he recently asked the crowza.com website administrator to remove all postings under the name of "Chris Sterling." The posts were still online Wednesday.
In addition to the sexually explicit comments, a "Chris Sterling" post lists favorite female and male pornographic film stars. Another lists favorite porn websites. One of those websites lists "Chris Sterling" as a registered user under the username "XMCWSterling." Martin used the same username on other websites, including a fly-fishing and poker site.
Six weeks ago, Martin said, he received an anonymous call from a man who wouldn't identify himself. The caller notified him that a packet with the sexually explicit messages would be sent to the media unless he dropped out of the race, Martin recalled.
"I told him he could kiss my ass," Martin said Wednesday. "I'm not dropping out of anything.
"He said, 'So, you're not dropping out?' I said, 'No, I'm not dropping out.'"
A short time later, Martin said, someone sent a packet of message posts to his law firm. "They're dropping packets off at my law firm, trying to get me fired," he said.
Martin said he also received a phone call from state Democratic Party executive director Derek Scarbro that someone had contacted state Democratic chairman Larry Puccio about the offensive comments posted on the wrestling production's message board.
Scarbro referred questions to Puccio Wednesday. Puccio said someone -- "who I don't want to name" -- called him and told him to call Delegate Ron Walters, R-Kanawha, who's Chris Walters' father.
"He said they've got some important information, and they don't want to embarrass you, and it would be wise for me to call Ron," Puccio recalled.
"I never made the call," Puccio said. "I'm not getting into that kind of stuff. They wanted me to call the candidate's father to hear what they had, that they had the goods on Josh Martin."
Ron Walters could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.
Martin's wrestling past and comments posted under his former wrestling name did not become an issue in last May's Democratic primary, when he beat challenger Jennifer Scragg Karr.
Martin and Walters are running for the open 8th District seat held by Dr. Dan Foster, who's not running for re-election. The district was formerly made up entirely of Kanawha County, but now includes parts of Kanawha and Putnam County.
Martin said he's tired of being threatened. He refuses to drop out of the race.
"This kid [Chris Walters] has tried to ruin my life in six weeks over a [expletive] Senate seat, excuse my language. They're trying to get me fired from my job, trying to get me discredited in the legal community, trying to ruin my family.
"Chris Sterling is dead. He's been dead 10 years," Martin said. "I'm a father. I'm a husband. That's who I am. They're trying to blackmail me because they can't win any other way."
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