In Midland this afternoon, Charles Martinez, an aspiring rapper also known as “Ereez,” faces a minimum of ten years and up to life in federal prison after a jury convicted him of bringing a minor female to Texas to engage in sexual activity announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman.
Jurors convicted the 28–year-old Stanton, TX, resident of one count of using the internet to persuade, induce, or entice a juvenile to engage in sexual activity and one count of transporting a juvenile across state lines to engage in sexual activity. Evidence at trial revealed that Defendant was an aspiring musician with a YouTube channel where he posted videos of his music. In April 2012, the then 15-year-old girl, who lived in Green Bay, Wisconsin, messaged Martinez on his Facebook fan page. After a series of communications via Facebook, email and phone, Martinez traveled to Wisconsin to meet the victim in April and May 2012. They had sexual relations there. In June 2012, Martinez transported the victim to Stanton.
Martinez, who remains in custody, is scheduled to be sentenced at 2:45pm on July 25, 2013, before United States District Judge Robert A. Junell.
This investigation was conducted by agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Green Bay Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Austin Berry is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.