SUBJECT: Child Pornogrpaher Arrested for the Third Time in Four Days
RELEASE NUMBER: 2019-NR-025
CONTACT: Lt. Doug Daza / Lt. Mark Rasure
AUTHORITY: Sheriff David Wedding
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Evansville man for the third time since June 14th on charges related to child pornography. On June 14, William Ray Martin was arrested on twenty counts of Possession of Child Pornography as a Level Five felony following an examination of his cell phone seized during the execution of a search warrant. Martin posted a $500 bond on the 15th and was released.
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on Martin’s place of employment on June 15th and several electronic devices were seized. A preliminary forensic examination of the devices revealed the existence of child pornography and with the assistance of the Warrick County Prosecutor’s Office and the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office, Martin was arrested that evening on one count of Possession of Child Pornography and was held in Warrick County on a $500,000 cash/$5,000,000 surety bond.
Yesterday, as the forensic examination of the more than 1,400 videos and 4,000 images found in the items seized in Vanderburgh County progressed, videos of two different juveniles known to be under the age of 18 at the time of the recording were discovered. The videos were of each juvenile individually and were not pornographic in nature. There were multiple videos of each and it was apparent that they were taken without their consent or knowledge. These videos were taken in the bathroom of Martin’s residence.
Yesterday, Martin’s bond was reduced to $5,000 and after posting bond, deputies assigned to the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Martin on two Counts of felony Voyeurism and transported him to the Vanderburgh County Jail. He will be held without bond pending a court appearance.
Arrested (imaged above): William Ray Martin, 45, Evansville
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