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Corpus Man Lands 87-Month Prison Term for Child Pornography Charge

Jan. 17, 2012

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Corpus Christi resident David Arturo Martinez, 32, has been sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

Martinez pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography on Oct. 6, 2011, at which time Martinez 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.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos sentenced Martinez today and further ordered he serve 10 years of supervised release following his release from prison, during which time he must also register as a sex offender.

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations and the Corpus Christi Police Department.

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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