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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Monday, December 10, 2018

Bradford County Man Admits Possessing Child Pornography

A resident of Towanda, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

John David Martin, 61, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Martin possessed computer images depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for April 8, 2019. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued Martin on bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Erie County Detectives Bureau conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Martin.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated December 10, 2018