Cincinnati Man Charged with Production of Child Pornography, Coercion, and Enticement
CINCINNATI—A federal grand jury has charged Martell A. Lowry, 25, of Cincinnati, with seven counts of production of child pornography involving seven different minors and coercion and enticement in an indictment returned in Cincinnati.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neal, Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other members of the Regional Electronics and Computer Investigations Task Force and (RECI) Greater Cincinnati Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), announced the indictment returned today.
A criminal complaint filed against Lowry alleged he used Facebook to contact young teenage boys for the purpose of soliciting sex from the juveniles. Lowry allegedly offered to pay them to either let him perform oral sex on them or to send him nude photos of themselves. Thus far, the investigation has identified more than 25 children as being victimized by Lowry.
According to the indictment, Lowry allegedly enticed and coerced at least 14 minors to engage in sexual activity for which he could be charged with an offense.
The indictment charges Lowry with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of coercion and enticement.
Each count of production of child pornography is a crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison and coercion and enticement carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Both crimes include at least five years of supervised release.
Lowry remains in custody.
U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the investigation of this case by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, RECI and Greater Cincinnati ICAC, and Assistant United States Attorney Christy Muncy, who is prosecuting the case.
An indictment merely contains allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
The Regional Electronics Computer Investigations and Greater Cincinnati Internet Crimes Against Children continue to investigate Lowry’s Internet and Facebook activity. Detectives have identified several juvenile victims and believe there may be more. If you have information or have been in contact with Lowry, please call investigators at 513-946-8353.