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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 1, 2014

Reno Man Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison For Traveling Across State Lines To Engage In Sexual Conduct With Minor

FRESNO, Calif. — Ismael Martinez, 26, of Reno, Nevada, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill to eight years and one month in prison for traveling from Reno to Fresno with the intent of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a 14-year-old, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, in August 2013 the parents of the minor female victim reported to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office that they discovered text messages on a cellphone suggesting that their daughter was engaging in sexual relations with someone with a phone number with an out-of-state area code. Further investigation revealed this person to be Martinez, and that he had traveled from Reno to Fresno on multiple occasions in order to engage in sexual relations with the minor.  On December 19, 2013, Martinez was indicted, and he pleaded guilty to the charge on September 15, 2014.

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Brian W. Enos prosecuted the case.

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Fresno County Sheriff's Office and the Central Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Brian W. Enos prosecuted the case.

" As this case underscores, parents need to talk to their kids about how to stay safe in cyberspace — cautioning them to always think before they click," said Michael J. Toms, the acting assistant special agent in charge who oversees HSI Fresno. "Young people, who would never approach a stranger in person, think nothing of interacting with someone they don't know online. The predators who are lurking on the Internet, exploit that trust. Homeland Security Investigations will continue to aggressively target online child predators, but parents, because of their proximity, are the first line of defense."

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the United States Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood Marshals, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet Safety.

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Docket #: 1:13-cr-436 LJO
Updated April 8, 2015