United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Fresno Man Pleads Guilty To Receiving Child Pornography
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Monday, June 11, 2012
Docket #: 1:10-cr-00235-AWI
FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Ramon Arturo Martinez, 53, of Fresno, pleaded guilty on Friday, June 8, 2012 to one count of receiving and sharing images of child pornography.
According to court documents, Martinez received images and videos depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Martinez received the child pornography on his computer via the internet, and many of the minors depicted were prepubescent minors.
Martinez is scheduled to be sentenced on September 4, 2012 by Chief United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii. The maximum penalty for the charge is 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime term of supervised release.
This case is the result of an extensive investigation by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Richards are prosecuting the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov or call the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California and ask to speak with the PSC coordinator.