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Eastern District of Kentucky

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Henry County Man Sentenced To 40 Years For Child Exploitation Offenses

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A Henry County, Ky., man, who was previously convicted of several child exploitation offenses, has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.


On April 11, U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove sentenced Joseph David Martin, 43, for producing child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. Under federal law, Martin must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.


Martin was convicted of the offenses in 2016. The evidence at trial established that Martin had sexually exploited a teenager, repeatedly, starting when the victim was 13 years old. The evidence further established that Martin videotaped some of the sexual encounters.


Carlton S. Shier, IV, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Amy Hess, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Rick Sanders, Kentucky State Police Commissioner, jointly announced the sentence.


The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the KSP. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Marye prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated April 13, 2017