Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dad with prior conviction for child pornography allowed to live with three young daughters in "nudist colony" now convicted of making child porn with daughters--who didn't see this coming? (Palm Beach County, Florida)

Once again, an article that manages to muddle the important issues--or ignore them altogether. Why was a father who had previously CONVICTED of possessing CHILD PORN allowed to live with 3 YOUNG DAUGHTERS in a NUDIST COLONY? And where was the mother in this? Did she live with the father, and have no previous knowledge of his child porn habit? Did the father have custody?

Notice that the girls went into foster care, but the mother has regained custody. A lot of back story is being omitted here....

Dad is identified as BRIAN MARTENS.

Note: In the comments section it is stated that this is a custodial father with the mother living out of state (Illinois). I suspect some serious corruption in family court allowed this crime to go forward. But watch all that get swept under the rug by the media.

FL nudist dad convicted for taking, sharing naked photos of his daughters with other men

By Tom Boggioni
Saturday, July 19, 2014 20:55 EDT

A Florida nudist pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography Friday after being accused of taking photographs of his three young daughters, aged 8 to 12, and sharing them with other men.

Brian Martens, 54, who lived with his children at a nudist colony in Palm Beach County, faces 10 to 17 years in prison for possession of child pornography, including images of children who were not related to him, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Martens had asserted that the pictures of his daughters were “family portraits” of a naturist family, however two judges who saw the photos did not agree.

Martens came to the attention of authorities last year after investigators discovered photos of his daughters on a computer belonging to a neighbor, Leslie Grey Vanaman, 45, now serving 60 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

Vanaman, a professional photographer and owner of A Shade of Grey Photography, had a prior 2004 state conviction in New Jersey for possessing child pornography.

Investigators discovered thousands of emails between Martens and Vanaman, including one containing a series of nude photos of children between the ages of 8 and 11 that were taken in a studio setting. According to prosecutors, the photographs showed their genitals and involved unnatural poses for children suggesting “sexual coyness” or “an apparent willingness to engage in sexual activity.”

The report states Martens, Vanaman and a third man had emailed discussions about “the sensuality and sexuality” of the images.

“[Martens] shared these photographs with an email group of approximately a dozen members,” prosecutors wrote.

When Marten was arrested by Homeland Security agents, he was carrying a computer thumb drive containing images of naked children. A search of his laptop turned up more child pornography, some of it downloaded from the Internet.

“He feels terrible about this,” Marten’s attorney James Eisenberg said.

According to Eisenberg, Marten’s three daughters were taken into foster care when their father was arrested and will be released to the custody of their mother.