Illegal alien previously deported for sex offenses arrested in Louisiana for child exploitation

Miguel Martinez (Office of Jeff Landry)

BATON ROUGE, La. (Office of Jeff Landry) – On Tuesday, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced the arrest of an illegal alien for internet crimes against children.

Miguel Martinez, 44, illegally residing in Harvey, was arrested on 100 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13 years old, one count of production under the age of 13, and one count of sexual battery of a juvenile under the age of 13.

“Internet crimes against children continuously inflict damage,” said General Landry. “Every time one of these videos or images is viewed, the child is re-victimized.”

As a result of a joint investigation by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation (LBI) Cyber Crime Unit, LBI Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office – Martinez was arrested and booked into the Jefferson Parish Jail. HSI placed a detainer on Martinez and more charges are expected from the LBI and the Mississippi Attorney General’s ICAC Unit.

The investigation discovered that Martinez was previously deported in 2005 and is a registered sex offender in the sanctuary state of California.

“This arrest should serve as a wake-up call to Congress," Landry said. "By not securing our borders and properly vetting those coming into our Nation, we have seen lives lost and destroyed. Illegal immigration has real-life consequences – countless numbers of needless crime victims, including too many Louisiana families and children. For their sake – I again urge Congress to realize the national emergency we have at our Southern border, support President Trump, build the wall, and help us make our communities safer.”