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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 19, 2022

Oshkosh Sex Offender Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography

United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling announced that on September 16, 2022, Matheau P. Martinez (age: 38) of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison by Senior District Judge William C. Griesbach.

Between March and May of 2022, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office and the Milwaukee Office of the FBI investigated the receipt and distribution of child pornography via BitTorrent file sharing networks. That investigation led to the arrest of Martinez for possessing and distributing images and videos of child pornography. At the time of his arrest, Martinez was a registrant with the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry Program based on a 2014 conviction for causing mental harm to a child.

At sentencing, Judge Griesbach noted the serious nature of the charge, the effect such crimes have on their victims, and the need for just punishment. Following his release from prison, Martinez will spend the remainder of his life on supervised release. He will continue to be required to register as a sexual offender.

This case was investigated by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office and the Milwaukee office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

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 U.S. Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the 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.

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Updated September 19, 2022