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.