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Roseville Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Randy Edward Martin, 40, of Roseville, was sentenced today to eight years and one month in prison for distribution of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, between July 6, 2020, and Sept. 14, 2020, Martin distributed child pornography using the Kik Messenger app. Martin used a smartphone, the internet, and Kik Messenger to distribute videos depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct to a person in Oregon.

“Today’s sentence ensures that this defendant will stay far away from minors for a long time,” said U.S. Attorney Talbert. “But cellphones and messaging apps have increased the ability of predators to sexually abuse children. We need parents, educators, and other responsible community members to be aware of the danger and join the law enforcement effort to protect innocent children from predators who try to exploit them.”

“Safeguarding children from being victimized by predators is a top priority for Homeland Security Investigations,” said HSI San Francisco (NorCal) Special Agent in Charge Tatum King. “HSI appreciates the assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Sacramento County Probation, and the Roseville Police Department on this investigation; and appreciates the prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. HSI also reminds parents and caregivers of the dangers children face on the internet and encourages close oversight and vigilance when online.”

This case was the product of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Audrey B. Hemesath and Denise N. Yasinow 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 the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, 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.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet-safety education.

Updated April 6, 2023

Topic
Project Safe Childhood