Former Portland Leader Held Without Bond in Online Child Coercion Case

CORPUS CHRISTI–A judge ordered a Portland city leader be held without bond charges of online coercion and enticement of a child, federal prosecutors said.

The criminal complaint said Bryan Martin, 39, a former Portland Planning Commissioner, used a facility and means of interstate and foreign commerce – a telephone and a computer connected to the internet – in an attempt to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity between September and December.

During that time period, Martin began communicating with a child that he knew to be 12 years old, according to the complaint. The child’s parent became aware of the communication, deemed it inappropriate and reported it to the police.

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s (CCPD) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the case, during which time an undercover officer began communicating with Martin in the persona of the child.

Martin allegedly expressed his desire to engage in sexual acts with the child and devised a plan for meeting with the child to engage in such sexual acts. Martin was arrested at his home after making the arrangements to engage in sex with the minor. 

Today, Martin waived his right to a preliminary hearing to determine whether probable cause exists to proceed on the charges. U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Owsley then remanded Martin to federal custody without bond pending further criminal proceedings.

If convicted, Martin faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years up to life imprisonment.

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