Cynthiana man sentenced for trying to arrange sex with children

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (WTVQ)-  A Cynthiana man, who previously admitted to attempting to entice minors to permit him to engage in illicit sexual conduct, has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in federal prison, according to prosecutors.

Investigators say 28-year-old Jeremy Wayne Martinez was sentenced after they say Martinez was using the Internet, with his cell phone to knowingly attempt to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor, to engage in sexual activity.

According to the plea agreement, Martinez previously admitted to communicating with
an undercover law enforcement agent, who responded to an ad Martinez had posted on
Craigslist.com.

The undercover officer portrayed herself as the mother of two daughters, ages three and seven. Martinez engaged in text conversations on Kik Messenger, during which he indicated his interest in engaging in sexual intercourse with both of the fictitious minors. He  traveled to a meeting place, in Frankfort, designated by the undercover officer, on October 19, 2017. He was arrested at that time.

Martinez admitted that he was the person who had been communicating with the officer, and that those communications contained sexually explicit conversations.

Martinez pleaded guilty to the charge in October of 2018.

Under federal law, Martinez must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence and will be
under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for 25 years, following his release from
federal prison.

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