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

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lubbock Man Sentenced To 78 Months In Federal Prison For Possessing Child Pornography

LUBBOCK, Texas — A 58-year-old Lubbock, Texas, man, who admitted possessing child pornography, was sentenced this morning, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Rassie Cleveland Martin was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings. Martin must surrender to the Bureau of Prisons by May 15, 2015.

According to plea documents filed in the case, Martin used a desktop computer at his residence to search the Internet for images and videos of child pornography. He searched with the intent of locating material depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, and in the course of searching for this material, located, downloaded, and viewed numerous images and videos constituting child pornography.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 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 marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and 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.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy prosecuted.

Updated June 22, 2015