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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Franklin County Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Federal Prison For Production Of Child Pornography

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Martin Allen Mentzer, age 44, Franklin County, was sentenced to 20 years (240 months) in federal prison by United States District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo in Harrisburg for production of child pornography.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, a grand jury indicted Mentzer in August 2015 for producing, distributing and possessing child pornography.  The production occurred in his home by using a 13 year old boy to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing the visual depictions of the activity.  The conduct took place during a period beginning in October 2014. 

Additionally, Judge Rambo ordered Mentzer to pay $1,000 restitution and be placed on 15 years supervised release following his imprisonment.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom.  

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 individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."


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Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 19, 2016