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Spencer Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A Spencer man who possessed child pornography was sentenced February 9, 2022, to 15 years in federal prison.

Anthony Martin, age 30, from Spencer, Iowa, received the prison term after a September 22, 2021, guilty plea to receipt of child pornography.  In a plea agreement, Martin admitted to knowingly receiving and attempting to receive visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Martin further admitted to receiving and possessing approximately 13 videos containing child pornography and approximately 162 images containing child pornography.  Martin was previously convicted in Iowa of Lascivious Acts with a Child. 

Martin was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Martin was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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.”

Martin is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ron Timmons and investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.  

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-4012.

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Updated February 10, 2022

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