Dumfries Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Production and Sexual Abuse Charges
NORFOLK, Va. – Scottie Lee Martinez, 37, of Dumfries, Va., pleaded guilty today to two counts of production of child pornography and one count of abusive sexual contact with a minor in United States District Court in Norfolk, Va.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and Mark N. Russ, Special Agent in Charge, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Jerome B. Friedman.
Martinez is scheduled to be sentenced on October 29, 2010. For the production of child pornography charges, Martinez faces a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 monetary fine for each count. For the abusive sexual contact charge, Martinez faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 monetary fine. Martinez also faces lifetime supervised release when released from incarceration.
According to court documents, in May 2009, while in the Eastern District of Virginia, Martinez produced images depicting two different persons, specifically a 5-year-old minor and an 11-year-old minor, engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Martinez also admitted that, sometime between May 2001 and June 2004, while he was at Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, he engaged in abusive sexual contact with a minor who was between the ages of 7- and 9-years-old.
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.
This case was investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Yusi and Special Assistant United States Attorney Karen Somers prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.
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.