Local Man Charged With Attempted Solicitation of a Minor
|Dec. 19, 2011|
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Bryan Martin, 39, has been ordered held without bond on charges of online coercion and enticement of a child, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
The criminal complaint alleges Martin used a facility and means of interstate and foreign commerce - a telephone and a computer connected to the internet - in an attempt to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity between Sept. 1, 2011, and Dec. 9, 2011. During that time period, Martin began communicating with a child that he knew to be 12 years old, according to the complaint. The child’s parent became aware of the communication, deemed it inappropriate and reported it to the police.
The Corpus Christi Police Department’s (CCPD) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the case, during which time an undercover officer began communicating with Martin in the persona of the child. Martin allegedly expressed his desire to engage in sexual acts with the child and devised a plan for meeting with the child to engage in such sexual acts. Martin was arrested at his home after making the arrangements to engage in sex with the minor.
Martin, originally arrested by the state on Dec. 8, 2011, was transferred to federal custody following the filing of the criminal complaint Dec. 13, 2011. Today, Martin waived his right to a preliminary hearing to determine whether probable cause exists to proceed on the charges. U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Owsley then remanded Martin to federal custody without bond pending further criminal proceedings.
If convicted, Martin faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years up to life imprisonment.
The case was investigated by CCPD and Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lance Duke, 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 United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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