Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 2, 2014
Local man faces child pornography charges

A Grantsville man faces felony charges for allegedly downloading and sharing child pornography.

In November 2013, an agent with the Utah Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force saw an IP address from Utah offering to share child pornography, according to a police report. The agent requested shared files, according to the report, and received a download including images and videos of prepubescent girls in various stages of undress.

The agent tracked the IP address to a house in Grantsville, and got a subpoena to search computers and smartphones belonging to Jon Martinson, Sr., 61, and the search warrant was executed in March. Investigators recovered some deleted files and 84 files — 83 pictures and one video — of child pornography from an iPhone, tablet, external hard drive, laptop, Think Pad and some CDs, according to the report.

When investigators talked to Martinson, he said he had downloaded the files, but denied using them for sexual gratification, according to the report. He also told the detectives he had been a police officer for the Salt Lake City Police Department for more than nine years and had practiced law for more than 25 years, the report states.

Interviews with his children and grandchildren did not reveal any suggestion of sexual assault by Martinson, the report states.

Martinson was charged with eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony, on Oct. 30, and made his initial appearance in 3rd District Court on Monday.  

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

One thought on “Local man faces child pornography charges

  1. Researchers have seen 60% DECLINE in Child Sexual Abuse; according to David Finkelhor & Lisa Jones. Google it; will be third down on the list. Does child sexual abuse happen YES but the gruesome images of crying, raped and even tortured children do not come from commercial producers. They come not from third parties but from bestial fathers and mothers of the children that do this to them. Most are fathers with incestuous tendencies who meet in forums and chats. This is an important topic that should be RESEARCHED thoroughly by the public until JOURNALIST themselves are allowed to research it without fear of prosecution. Arresting people for looking at the harm caused by another is not protecting or rescuing one child and if that is the case why is law enforcement arresting so many P2P file sharers? If NO children are being rescued what is their incentive? Follow the money, billions spent on law enforcement hardware and software. Law Enforcement use that expensive hardware and software programs to look for known image hash values or fingerprints. When they find one they locate the persons IP address then a bang bang bang on a persons door within months. Law Enforcement isn’t the only ones with child porn hash tag databases; the entertainment industry has one THORN as well as VIGILANTES who plant these hash values in with software and programs downloaded from P2P software to go after copyright infringers. Remember Child Porn is an image of anyone under 18 even a clothed images if they are provocative. The majority of CP on the internet is of children taking pictures of themselves without adult corrosion. The rest come from a stack of yellowing pages found at the back of X-rated shops when it was legal now their digitized. These pictures from what I have read tend to twenty to fifty years old, made overseas, badly re-reproduced, and pretty chaste. That may be why federal agents never show journalists the contraband.

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