Wallingford Woman Charged with Producing and Distributing Child Pornography
|U.S. Attorney’s Office September 20, 2013|
Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Rhonda M. Glover, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, today announced that Angela D. Martin, also known as Angela Haussmann, 29, of Wallingford, was arrested yesterday and charged by federal criminal complaint with production, distribution, and possession of child pornography.
The criminal complaint alleges that, in August 2013, Martin sexually abused a female child, filmed the abuse with her cell phone, and then e-mailed the video to another individual in California. The victim was approximately 3 years old at the time of the abuse.
In addition, it is alleged that between August 2013 and September 19, 2013, Martin possessed and distributed other child pornography that she received from other individuals.
The complaint further alleges that Martin is a registered sex offender as the result of a prior felony conviction in the state of Connecticut for second-degree sexual assault of a minor.
Martin appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven and was ordered detained.
If convicted of the charge of production of child pornography, Martin faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 25 years, a maximum term of imprisonment of 50 years, and a fine of up to $250,000. If convicted of the charge of distribution of child pornography, Martin faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years, a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years, and a fine of up to $250,000. If convicted of the charge of possession of child pornography, Martin faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, and a fine of up to $250,000. The penalties in this matter are enhanced based on Martin’s criminal history.
Acting U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Wallingford Police Department, and the Connecticut Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Neeraj Patel.
This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, which is aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
To report cases of child exploitation, please visit www.cybertipline.com.