Dumfries Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges
NORFOLK, Va. – Scottie Lee Martinez, 37, of Dumfries, Va., was arrested this morning on charges involving the production of child pornography.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after the criminal complaint was unsealed following the arrest. If convicted, Martinez faces up to a maximum of 30 years in prison.
“The allegations in this case are very disturbing and a reminder that every photo in child pornography cases represents a real victim,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “We’re aggressively pursuing these cases to protect other children from becoming the next victim.”
According to an affidavit filed with the criminal complaint, Martinez, a reservist with the U.S. Navy, was activated and deployed to Qatar in July 2009. In March 2010, his use of an online shared network drew suspicion from a member of the military who was working with him. An investigation revealed that Martinez had accessed child pornography from his personal laptop computer.
Martinez consented to the seizure of his personal laptop and other electronics, which allegedly was found to contain more than 3,000 images of child pornography. In addition, the affidavit alleges that more than 600 images involved a minor girl engaging in sexually explicit conduct with Martinez.
Martinez returned to Norfolk, Va., from Qatar on March 12, 2010, and was arrested and made his initial appearance in court today.
This case is being investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Yusi and Special Assistant United States Attorney LCDR Karen Somers are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
Criminal complaints are only charges and not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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 United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.