U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Kevin Martis, 23, of Lancaster, New York, who was convicted of enticement of a minor and possession of child pornography, was sentenced to 78 months in prison U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura O’Donnell, who handled the case, stated that
the defendant used the Internet on two separate occasions to attempt to
encourage a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old to engage in sexual activity. Martis
initially contacted the minor victims through Facebook. Police were alerted by
the parents of the minor victims. Law enforcement also found over 600 images of
child pornography on the defendant’s computer, which included images of children
under the age of 12.
“This case shows the important role parents can play in keeping their
children safe,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “Thanks to the involvement of the
parents, law enforcement was able to prevent this defendant from seriously
harming two children.”
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide
initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse
launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States
Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity
Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local
resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit
children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more
information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by special agents of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge
Christopher M. Piehota; and detectives from the Cheektowaga Police Department,
under the direction of Police Chief David Zack. The FBI was assisted by the
Kenmore, Depew, and Lancaster Police Departments.
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