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Clearfield Woman Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced to 25 Years for Producing Material Depicting the Sexual Exploitation of Minors

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A former resident of Clearfield, PA pleaded guilty and was sentenced in federal court in Johnstown on charges of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Amanda Nichelle Downs, age 31, pleaded guilty to Counts One and Two of the Indictment before United States District Judge Stephanie L. Haines.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from December 2018 to September 1, 2019, Downs produced images of a minor female engaged in sexually explicit conduct using materials that were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Following the guilty plea, Judge Haines sentenced Downs to 300 months in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release. Her co-defendant, Jackson Curtis Martin III, age 46, was sentenced to 35 years in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release on June 21, 2022.

Assistant United States Attorney Maureen Sheehan-Balchon. prosecuted 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 Downs.

This case was brought as a 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

Updated November 17, 2022

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