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Burke County Man Sentenced To More Than 13 Years In Child Porn Case

Burke County Man Sentenced To More Than 13 Years In Child Porn Case

32-year-old Martin Lee McGee of Morganton was sentenced to 160 months, or 13 years, four months in federal prison Tuesday (April 5) for transporting child pornography. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In addition to the prison term, McGee was ordered to serve a lifetime of supervised release, to register as a sex offender, and to pay a $100 special assessment, a $5,000 Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JTVA) assessment, and a $35,000 Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act (AVAA) assessment.

According to court records and Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, in April 2020, law enforcement were alerted to an individual, later identified as McGee, using Snapchat to upload child pornography. Law enforcement executed search warrants at McGee’s residence and Snapchat account. A forensic analysis of the seized devices and information revealed that McGee possessed more than 13,500 images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children. Some of the child pornography in McGee’s extensive collection depicted minors as young as toddlers engaging in sadistic and masochistic conduct.

On October 6, 2021, McGee pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography. He is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. In making the announcement U.S. Attorney King commended the FBI and the Newton Police Department for their investigation of the case, and thanked the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

Assistant United States Attorneys Cortney Randall and Nick J. Miller prosecuted the case.