Clearfield Man Pleads Guilty to Producing and Possessing Materials Depicting the Sexual Abuse of Minors
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A former resident of Clearfield, PA pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of production and possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.
Jackson Curtis Martin III, 46, pleaded guilty to Counts One, Two, Three and Five of the Indictment before United States District Judge Stephanie Haines.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from December 2018 to Sept. 1, 2019, Martin produced images of a minor female engaged in sexually explicit conduct using materials that were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce. Further, from Jan. 8, 2019, to Nov. 24, 2019, Martin possessed images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, which were produced using prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The computer graphic files were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.
Judge Haines scheduled sentencing for June 21, 2022. The law provides for a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both, for Counts One and Two, and a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both, for Counts Three and Five. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Maureen Sheehan-Balchon. is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, Clearfield Borough Police Department, and the Clearfield County District Attorney’s Office conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Martin.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.