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Online Communications with Girl, 8, Leads to Porn Charges Against Bronx Suspect

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Efrain. A. Martinez Credits: Courtesy of Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ -  Efrain. A. Martinez of the Bronx was charged with first degree, manufacturing child pornography, third-degree possession of child pornography and third degree, endangering the welfare of a child, according to law enforcement officials. 

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson stated on Jan. 21, Franklin Township Police received a report that an eight-year-old child was engaging in sexually explicit communications via a website with Martinez. According to law enforcement officials, an investigation revealed defendant Martinez had directed the child to send nude photos of herself and to send the images through an instant message application. 

"Be aware of the smartphone apps and online sites that your child uses or frequents, and get to know the individuals and friends with whom they are communicating," Robertson said in a press release. "If your child wants to share digital photos with their friends or classmates via email or a social networking site be sure to know exactly where the images are being stored and who will be receiving the images."

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According to Robertson, on Feb. 10, at approximately 6 a.m., detectives from the New York City Police Department and the Bronx District Computer Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at defendant Martinez’s Sampson Avenue residence. Detectives assigned to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the Franklin Township Police Department were also present during the execution of the search warrant.

Law officials say, Martinez's smartphone was seized and he was arrested without incident. 

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