Man from Texas Sentenced for Transfer of Obscene Material to Minors
Montgomery, Alabama - Larry Wayne Martin, 46, of Sherman, Texas, has been sentenced to serve 21 months in federal prison for attempting to transfer obscene material to a minor, United States Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., announced today. United States District Judge William K. Watkins handed down the sentence, which fell within the range prescribed by the federal sentencing guidelines.
The investigation of Martin began back in June 2006, when Martin initiated an online conversation with an undercover officer working for the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office. Believing the undercover officer to be a 14-year-old girl, Martin sent the officer a lewd video of himself engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Over the next five months, Martin initiated additional conversations and sent additional sexually explicit materials to the undercover officer.
Martin was indicted in February 2011 and pled guilty in January 2012. In addition to his 21-month federal sentence, Martin faces further time in Wisconsin on a 2009 conviction for sexually assaulting a minor in that state. The federal imprisonment was ordered to run concurrently with the remaining Wisconsin term.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 that aims to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Nathan D. Stump and Jared H. Morris prosecuted the case.
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