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Pottawattamie County Man Sentenced for Receipt of Child Pornography

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

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on April 18, 2019, Justin Stephen Martinez, age 37, was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey for Receipt of Child Pornography. Martinez was sentenced to imprisonment for over 27 years (333 months) to be followed by a term of supervised release of 20 years.

The investigation began in December 2017, when an undercover law enforcement agent received notification that an IP address, identified as being used by Martinez, was sharing multiple files containing child pornography on a peer-to-peer program file sharing program for approximately one year. The investigation showed Martinez had received and distributed over a thousand images of child pornography. In addition, it was determined Martinez had sexually explicit images of his twelve year old niece and had sexual contact with her.
Martinez was previously convicted of Third Degree Sexual Abuse of a Child in 2005 in Pottawattamie County, Iowa District Court.

This case was investigated by the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated April 19, 2019

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