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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Texas Man Sentenced To Over 15 Years’ Imprisonment For Producing Child Pornography

Defendant used Skype to contact underage victim

SAN FRANCISCO – Marty Allen Rochester was sentenced today to 186 months in prison for producing child pornography announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Ryan L. Spradlin.

Rochester, 55, of Magnolia, Texas, pleaded guilty on July 19, 2016, to production of visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  In July 2014, Rochester used online chat services, including Skype, to contact a girl he eventually learned was nine years old at that time, and he persuaded her to create sexually explicit images of herself and send them to him.  Rochester saved the images on his computer and sent them to another person with whom he later conspired to produce more sexually explicit depictions of the minor victim.  Moreover, Rochester possessed more than 200 sexually explicit images of minors and more than 25 sexually explicit videos of minors, some of which included depictions of pre-pubescent minors under the age of 12. 

A federal grand jury indicted Rochester on January 28, 2016, charging him with distribution of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252; production of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2251; and conspiracy to produce child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2251.  Rochester pleaded guilty to the production charge.

The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Vince Chhabria, U.S. District Judge.  In addition to the prison term, defendant was ordered to serve a ten-year period of supervised release, including conditions prohibiting his use of computers and Internet, prohibiting him from frequenting locations where children may be present, and requiring him to submit to searches upon request of law enforcement, among other conditions.  Rochester will begin serving the sentence immediately.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Dawson is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Marina Ponomarchuk.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by HSI.

Violent Crime
Updated December 27, 2016