Juneau Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Sexually Exploiting Children
JUNEAU – A Juneau man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison followed by 35 years of supervised release for the sexual exploitation – receipt of child pornography. Also, he must pay $9,000 to the known victims.
According to information presented in court, Arthur Moe Martin, 51, became the subject of an investigation in December 2017 when the Anchorage Cyber Crimes Unit received a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). An online internet email provider contacted NCMEC with a tip regarding the download of an image involving a prepubescent female engaged in sexual conduct with an adult male. The email account was located in Juneau. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Juneau Police Department identified and contacted Martin as the owner of the email account. Martin admitted that he possessed electronic images of sexually exploited children and turned over his cell phones and computer to law enforcement where they found more than 200 images of very young children being sexually exploited. In 1995, Martin was convicted in Alaska state court for sexually abusing a minor.
“Sexual exploitation of children is especially abhorrent, and the harm caused to the child victims lasts for the rest of their lives,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Wilson, District of Alaska. “There is no place in society for these acts on children and our office will vigorously pursue all of those who perpetuate these crimes.”
“Now more than ever, our children need to be protected from online predators seeking to exploit their innocence,” said Robert Britt, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Anchorage Field Office. “It’s a top priority of ours at the FBI, and thanks to this dedicated investigation and prosecution team, there is now one less predator roaming our streets.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Juneau Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood combines 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.justice.gov/psc.