Corpus Christi Man Convicted of Possession of Child Pornography
|Oct. 7, 2011|
HOUSTON - David Arturo Martinez, 31, has pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
During his guilty plea in federal court in Corpus Christi yesterday, Martinez, of Corpus Christi, stipulated to facts as presented by the government. In July 2010, a detective with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force downloaded two images of child pornography from a peer to peer file sharing program on the Internet which were later determined to have been sent by Martinez. In January 2011, the same detective downloaded several additional images of child pornography from Martinez. A search warrant was obtained and executed at Martinez’ residence in Corpus Christi on Feb. 10, 2011, at which time a computer was seized. Subsequent forensic analysis revealed the computer to contain hundreds of images and several videos of child pornography, many of which have previously been identified as real children by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Martinez was interviewed by Homeland Security Investigations and the Corpus Christi Police Department and he accepted responsibility for his involvement with child pornography. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos accepted Martinez’ guilty plea and adjudicated his conviction.
Martinez was arrested on Sept. 1, 2011 and remains free on bond pending his sentencing hearing which is set for Jan. 3, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., at which time he faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a term of supervised release from five years to a maximum of life.
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.