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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 23, 2018

Lubbock Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison on Child Porn Conviction

LUBBOCK, Texas — Eugene Joseph Martinez, 20, of Lubbock, Texas, was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 240 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in December 2017 to one count of transportation of a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.

Martinez has been in custody since the time of his arrest in November 2017.

According to documents filed in the case, between June 22 and September 6, 2016, Martinez used various electronic devices to transport numerous images and videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Martinez transported these images by way of the Internet, to a Dropbox account that he used to collect the images and videos.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood leverages federal, state and local resources to better investigate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children.  Project Safe Childhood also prioritizes identifying and rescuing victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab “resources.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lubbock Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Unit investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Haag and Assistant U.S. Attorney (retired) Steve Sucsy were in charge of the prosecution.

 

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Contact: 
Lisa Slimak 214-659-8600 Lisa.Slimak@usdoj.gov
Updated March 23, 2018