GALVESTON – Wednesday, December 13, 2017, a
Galveston County jury found Sidney Joseph Martin, 23, guilty of Possession of
Martin’s jury trial began Monday, December 11th, in
the 122nd District Court. During the trial, Special Victim Unit Prosecutors
Beverly Armstrong and Kacey Launius presented witnesses and evidence detailing
the crime. The evidence showed a Detective with the Houston Metro Internet
Crimes against Children (HMICAC) task force received over a dozen “cybertips”
from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A cybertip reports
the online sexual exploitation of children.
On April 8, 2015, a detective with HMICAC received
the cybertip explaining the possible possession of child pornography. The tips
included multiple dates and were all eventually linked to Sidney Martin.
Detectives testified that Martin created multiple email accounts and used these
profiles to upload images of children nude or performing sexual acts.
A search warrant was drafted and executed for
Martin's email accounts further linking him to possession of child pornography.
A search warrant was later drafted and executed on Martin's home where law
enforcement seized several items, including Martin's cellphone, laptop, and a
flash drive. Detectives completed a forensic download of Martin's devices and
revealed over a thousand images of child porn. Additionally, Detectives located
one of Martin's emails which stated "I like to trade" with images
depicting child pornography attached in the message. Martin was charged with
two cases of Possession of Child Pornography.
After two days of testimony and arguments, the jury
retired to deliberate and returned approximately thirty minutes later with a
guilty verdict. Martin faces anywhere from two to ten years in the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice on each case. He is also eligible for probation.
Martin has elected to receive his sentencing from the judge rather than a jury.
Sentencing will take place January 19, 2018.
was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Beverly Armstrong and Kacey
Launius in the 122nd District Court, with Judge John Ellisor presiding. The
investigation was conducted by the Houston Metro Internet Crimes against
Children Taskforce with the assistance of local agencies, including Homeland
Security Galveston Division, Galveston Police Department and Webster Police