CORPUS CHRISTI–A Coastal Bend man gets sentenced Monday for trying to talk a minor into sexual activity and a judge said he caused harm to the victims family.
Bryan Martin, 40, of Portland will spend 10 years in federal prison for using the telephone and internet in an attempt to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, federal prosecutors said.
Martin admitted in court that between Sept. 1 and Dec. 9 of last year he began communicating with a child he knew to be 12 years old.
He knew the communications were deemed inappropriate when discovered by the child’s parent and were reported to the police.
The investigation into Martin was referred to Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and an undercover officer began communicating with Martin in the persona of the child.
During the communications, Martin expressed his desire to engage in sexual acts with the child. After devising a plan to meet with the minor to engage in sexual acts, Martin was arrested at his home last December on state charges.
Martin’s case was taken over by federal authorities five days later and he was transferred to a federal facility.
A federal judge sentenced Martin to 10 years in prison to be followed by a 15-year-supervised release. At sentencing, the judge stated Martin had harmed the victim in the case as well as his own family, who would now suffer both emotionally and financially due his participation in these criminal acts.