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Man Sentenced in Child Pornography Investigation

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A Yates City man made clear he didn’t like it, but is so far being sentenced to 26 years in prison after being convicted last year of charges accusing him of having child pornography on his computer last summer.

54-year-old Kevin Martin yesterday was given consecutive sentences of eight, eight, five, and five years in prison on the Child Porn-related charges he agreed to have a stipulated bench to several months ago.

But Martin claims he was forced into that bench trial that essentially leads to an automatic conviction. Judge Scott Shipplett told Martin today if he still feels that way, he needs to re-file the appropriate paperwork. Martin reportedly has already paperwork asking for a forensic analysis of his computer, a motion to withdraw his agreement to a stipulated bench trial, and a request for a psychological exam, among other things.

That paperwork, however, is believed to have been filed incorrectly.

Martin was arrested in July of last year, after authorities found child porn images on computers and other equipment in his Yates City home. An investigator for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office claims thousands of images of child porn were found on Martin’s computer.

Martin says that’s a mistake, and when he discovered that child porn had accidentally been downloaded on to his computer, he started deleting the files, because he wanted to do the right thing.

A judge disagreed, saying it’s not the first time Martin looked up that kind of material.

Several people testified yesterday that Martin needs help for addictions, including to pornography.