Detroit Man Gets 40 Years For Sexually Exploiting Young Girls
Detroit Man Gets 40 Years In Prison For Sexually Exploiting Children After Pleading Guilty in 2022
A Detroit man gets 40 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty in October 2022 for coercing and enticing multiple minors for sex. Colin Clemente Martin also pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting of multiple minors.
United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison announced the sentence on January 18, 2024.
Court records show Martin posed as a female talent scout on the internet from 2014 through 2017. He gained the trust of his young victims. He then forced them to engage in sexual and other horrific acts. In addition, he also recorded created videos and images for his own pleasure and gratification.
In one case, in late April 2017, a nine-year-old girl from Canada learned from friends that a talent scout on the popular cell phone application Musical.ly could help young girls become famous. The scout was known as “Jazzy Martinez” with the username @jazzymarr, the sentencing memorandum said.
Jazzy’s profile picture depicted a white female with brown hair who appeared to be 14-16 years old, and the page read:
Martin then convinced her to take videos with her phone of her and her 12-year-old sister.
A sentencing memorandum by federal prosecutors stated:
Colin Martin’s victims pleaded with him: “Help me.” “Please, I thought you were my friend.” “Please, I will do anything, please, I’m begging you.” But Martin ignored their pleas. Children cried and begged while taking off their clothes. They sobbed while committing sex acts. Through threats and intimidation, Martin repeatedly forced them to engage in sex acts, sometimes with siblings or dogs, despite their tears, protests, and statements that they would kill themselves.
None of those pleas deterred Martin. Their fear, their pain, their pleas for mercy only excited him further. Using the anonymity of the internet, Martin terrorized and degraded numerous children.
Martin would also blackmail the victims if they asked him to stop doing what he demanded. He would threatened to share the videos and images with the victims’ friends. Martin victimized at least eight identified minors.
Several of his victims reported what happened to authorities in Illinois, Ohio, and Toronto, Canada.
This led to the involvement of Michigan State Police and Homeland Security Investigations in 2019. Both agencies executed search warrants at Martin’s home in July 2020. HSI Agents worked tirelessly to analyze the data and identify victims.
Ison also told the media:
“The lengths to which individuals like Martin will go to exploit and traumatize children is truly reprehensible. The conduct in this case is horrific. Hopefully, this sentence sends a clear message to like-minded individuals: we will not allow you to harm our children and will use the full arsenal of our federal laws to stop you,”