Mississippi woman charged with making child pornography

Published 2:10 pm Thursday, April 4, 2019

A Mississippi woman has been arrested and charged with creating child pornography.

Her arrest was announced by investigators with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Mary Yvonne Torres, 37, was arrested at her Lucedale home after investigators received information connecting her to a child exploitation arrest by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. She was charged with one count of child exploitation for production of child pornography with more charges expected. She was booked in the George County Detention Center, awaiting an initial appearance.

If convicted, Torres faces up to 40 years in prison and $500,000 in fines. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Although it’s not immediately clear which case in Louisiana Torres is believed to be linked to, the Louisiana Attorney General’s office earlier this week arrested an illegal alien on child pornography charges and alluded to Mississippi arrests pending.

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,” an attorney general spokesman said in a press release. “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.