LEXINGTON, KY- A man residing in Passaic, NJ, Alfredo Bermejo-Martinez, 24, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves on Monday to 20 years in prison, after pleading guilty to one count of production of child pornography.
According to his plea agreement, in late 2018 or early 2019, Bermejo-Martinez met a victim, residing in the Eastern District of Kentucky, online while playing a video game, and continued contact over a couple of years. In approximately September 2020, he began asking the victim to take and send him sexually explicit pictures via Snapchat.
The plea agreement further explains that Bermejo-Martinez traveled from New Jersey to Kentucky to see her on four separate occasions from February 2021 through May 2022. In April 2022, the victim ended the relationship with him and Bermejo-Martinez threatened to release nude images of the victim. A search of his phone revealed sexually explicit photos and videos of the victim, who Bermejo-Martinez admitted he knew was a minor.
Bermejo-Martinez pleaded guilty in March 2023.
Under federal law, Bermejo-Martinez must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence. Upon his release from prison, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for 20 years.
Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Rana Saoud, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations - Nashville; and Lawrence Weathers, Chief of Police, Lexington Police Department, jointly announced the sentence.
The investigation was conducted by HSI and Lexington Police Department. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Roth.
This case was prosecuted 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 U.S. 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.
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