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Jefferson County Woman Pleads Guilty to Sexually Exploiting Three Children Between 2001 and 2008

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Tammy Martin Admits to Producing Hundreds of Images of Child Pornography

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Tammy M. Martin, 48, of Carthage, New York, pled guilty today to three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, announced Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Homeland Security Investigations-Buffalo Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kelly.

In entering her guilty plea today in United States District Court, Martin admitted that she, together with another person, engaged three minor children in sexually explicit conduct and produced images of the abuse for a period of years.

As part of her guilty plea, Tammy Martin admitted that on at least four separate occasions in 2002, she and another person engaged the first of the three victims in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of that conduct, and produced at least 30 separate files depicting the child engaged in sexually explicit conduct. These depictions, Martin admitted, included at least one instance in which Martin is shown pressing her mouth to the child’s nude anus when the child was approximately six years old.

Tammy Martin further admitted that on at least fourteen separate occasions between 2001 and 2007, during which time the second victim was ages 4 – 10, she and the other person engaged the second child in sexually explicit conduct and produced at least 104 separate files depicting that abuse. These depictions include a video file depicting the defendant performing oral sex on the child, and a video depicting the defendant directing the child to rub her nude breast.

Finally, Tammy Martin admitted that on at least twenty-six occasions from 2004 through 2008, she and the other person engaged the third of their victims in sexually explicit conduct, producing at least 211 separate files of that abuse. These depictions, Martin admitted, include an image file depicting Martin performing oral sex on this child when the child was approximately nine months old, an image file depicting Martin penetrating the child’s vagina with a sex toy when she was approximately three years old, and an image file depicting Martin performing oral sex on the child when she was approximately four years old.

Senior United States District Judge Hon. Norman A. Mordue will sentence Martin on January 8, 2018. She faces a mandatory minimum term of 15 years imprisonment on each count, with a maximum penalty of 30 years imprisonment per count. She will be required to serve a term of supervised release of a minimum of 5 years, and up to life, following her term of imprisonment. Martin will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Martin’s case was investigated by the New York State Police, and Homeland Security Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lisa Fletcher, Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the Northern District of New York, and Carina Schoenberger.

Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s 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

Updated August 22, 2017

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