HOUSTON - A 50-year-old man from Baytown has been ordered
to federal prison for possession, receipt and distribution of child
pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick. Marlin Louis Carman, of
Baytown, pleaded guilty Feb. 16, 2018.
Today, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake sentenced him to 120
each for the charges, respectively. The sentences will run concurrently. Carman
was further ordered to pay $15,300 special assessments and will serve 10 years
on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which
time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his
access to children and the internet. He will also be ordered to register as a
Carman first came to the attention of law enforcement in
September 2013 after multiple images of child pornography were found associated
with his online email account. At the conclusion of the investigation,
authorities discovered Carman was communicating
with an email account holder in New York
to obtain child pornography and later conducted a search of his
residence, phone and email accounts, leading to the discovery of 3,090 videos
and 13,519 images. Some of the images are of known victims identified through
the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Carman admitted ownership of the child pornography as
well as the phone and email account he used to obtain it.
At the time of his plea, he admitted to using email to
communicate with other individuals to search for, download and obtain child
pornography. He also admitted to distributing the child pornography through his
Following the plea hearing, Judge Lake revoked Carman's
bond and ordered him into custody where he will remain pending transfer to a
U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The FBI conducted the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie N. Searle is
prosecuting the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a
nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to
combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the
United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation
and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local
resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit
children, and to identify and rescue victims.