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Clearfield duo headed to court

Martin, Downs face child porn, sexual assault charges

CLEARFIELD — Two Clearfield residents who are facing sexual assault and numerous child porn charges are one step closer to a trial.

Investigators say Jackson Curtis Martin III, 44, and Amanda Nichelle Downs, 28, sexually assaulted a toddler, filmed it and then shared the videos with each other and a third person through Facebook.

They both waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County. The case now moves on to the court of common pleas.

Martin is charged with a total of 1,868 felony offenses including 1,700 counts of child pornography, 148 counts of photograph/film/depict on computer sex act, five counts of disseminate photo/film of child sex acts, three counts of photograph/film/depict on computer sex act, three counts of indecent assault of person less than 13 years of age, three counts of criminal use of communication facility, as well as rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault of a child, sexual exploitation of children and endangering the welfare of a child.

Downs is charged with 171 felony offenses including 148 counts of photograph/film/ depict on computer sex act, 10 counts of child pornography, three counts of photograph/film/depict on computer sex act, three counts of indecent assault of person less that 13 years of age, rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault of a child, disseminate photo/film of child sex acts, sexual exploitation of children, criminal use of communication facility and endangering the welfare of children.

According to the affidavit, the investigation into the couple began after a tip from Facebook executives regarding a photo of a “lascivious exhibition” that was sent from Downs’ account to Martin’s account on Nov. 18, 2018.

When a search warrant was served on their Clearfield Borough residence police reportedly discovered drug paraphernalia, sexual devices and toys and a firearm.

They seized several electronic devices that allegedly contained numerous items of child pornography that included images of Martin having sexual contact with the child.

Conversations found by investigators reportedly mention Martin having sex with a 9-year-old and a 4-year-old.

During one of the conversations between Martin and Downs contained within the criminal complaint, Martin refers to drugging a girl so he could “play with her in all kind of naughty ways as u help and watch and video everything.”

Martin and Downs are both being held without bail in the Clearfield County Jail.

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