*** UPDATE *** Detectives added 22 additional felony charges to Richard Michael Martin after they executed a search warrant on his cell phone. A Judge also added additional bail for those charges.
*** PRESS RELEASE - UPDATE *** February 26, 2019: On February 14, 2019, the Utah County Sheriff's Office released information regarding the arrest of Richard Michael Martin, age 29, of Riverton, on nine 2nd degree felony charges of enticing a minor by internet or text. During the initial part of that investigation, Detectives with the Utah County Sheriff's Office, Special Victims Task Force, and Detectives with Lehi Police Department, collected items belonging to Richard Martin, including a cell phone. As part of the ongoing investigation in this case Detectives with Utah County Sheriff's Office obtained a search warrant for that cell phone. When that phone was examined Detectives discovered numerous items of child pornography including videos and photographs. These videos and photos showed prepubescent boys and girls, some aged 4-6 years old, who were anally raped or digitally penetrated. At least one video and one picture depict an adult male masturbating on these prepubescent children. In one video a young boy, approximately 1 year old, is tied to a table and is seen and heard kicking and crying as an adult male commits these acts. There were at least 10 downloaded videos depicting child pornography and 10 photographs depicting child pornography. Of those 10 photographs, 4 of them were downloaded to Martin's phone, while 6 of them were photographs taken by Martin of a young, prepubescent female child. During an interview with Martin Detectives learned he had distributed pornographic images of this young female on at least two occasions. While Martin was already being held in jail on the previous charges with a bail amount of $30,000.00 cash or bond, he is now also being held on twenty-two 2nd degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Bail on those charges has been set at $50,000.00 cash or bond. Total bail for Martin is now $80,000.00 cash or bond. This case remains active.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: @SGTCannonPIO or @UCSO