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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Lubbock County Man Convicted of Enticement of 11-Year-Old Niece

A Shallowater, Texas man was convicted today of enticement and attempted enticement of a minor following an investigation by the FBI’s Lubbock Resident Agency, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

John David Martinez, 32, was indicted in August.  Following a day and a half of trial, a federal jury deliberated for just 15 minutes before finding him guilty.

According to evidence presented at trial, Mr. Martinez initiated a text chain with his 11-year-old niece in July 2018.

Over the course of 7,702 text messages, he bullied the young girl into agreeing to have sex with her then 31-year-old uncle.

Fortunately, the child’s babysitter spotted the messages on her phone, and law enforcement was able to intervene before Mr. Martinez could actually molest the child.

The defendant now faces a potential sentence of up to life in federal prison. His sentencing date has not yet been set.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Shallowater Police Department, and Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Callie Woolam and Sean Long are prosecuting the case. U.S. District Judge James Wesley Hendrix presided over the trial.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Contact: 
Erin Dooley, Public Affairs Officer 214-659-8707 erin.dooley@usdoj.gov
Updated December 4, 2019