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Man gets 25 years in prison after flying to Philippines to have sex with minors

Man gets 25 years in prison after flying to Philippines to have sex with minors
Posted at 3:00 PM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 15:00:52-04

A Reisterstown man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after traveling to the Philippines to have sex with a minor and then taping it. 

In addition to his prison sentence, 56-year-old Martin Hall must pay $125,000 in restitution to the victims when he is released from prison and must register as a sex offender. 

U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur stated, “As this case demonstrates, children are cruelly and sexually abused to produce child pornography.  Martin Hall traveled to the Philippines to abuse minors, filmed the abuse, and brought those images back to the U.S.  We prosecute these crimes without the children having to testify because we have photo and video evidence of the crimes.  This sentence, which includes restitution to the victims, sends a strong message that we will bring these criminals to justice to try to save even more children from becoming victims, and to help child victims recover.” 

According to Hall's plea agreement, Hall flew to the Philippines to have sex with girls that are minors. He then took images of the minors engaging in sexual activities and transported the images back to Maryland. 

Hall began traveling to the Philippines in 2006 to have sex with a 16-year-old. He also admitted he produced images of two other girls engaging in sexually explicit conduct, beginning when each girl was as young as 12-years-old. 

Hall was arrested on September 7, 2016. When he was arrested, investigators discovered around 8,000 images relating to child exploitation. The device the images were on became encrypted during the forensic examination, but not before investigators had copied more than 4,600 image files, most of which are child pornography.