Martinsville man sentenced to 15 years for trafficking child sex abuse material

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A Martinsville man has been handed a 15-year sentence in federal prison for trafficking child sex abuse material, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana and Federal Bureau of Investigation Indianapolis announced Thursday.

According to court documents, Adam L. Mahaffey, 39, is a repeat sex offender against children. He was convicted in 2012 of child seduction in Johnson County.

According to the USAO, Mahaffey began using an end-to-end encrypted online application to communicate with other individuals beginning no later than January 2021. One of the people Mahaffey contacted reported to the FBI Oklahoma City Field Office that Mahaffey sent them videos containing child sex abuse material.

Between Jan. 24 and April 20, 2021, Mahaffey was communicating online with an undercover FBI agent. During those exchanges, Mahaffey talked at length about his interest in engaging in sex acts with children as young as 5 years old. Mahaffey sent the agent multiple images and videos of child sexual abuse.

Mahaffey also told the agent that he wanted to meet at a hotel in the Southern District of Indiana so that Mahaffey could engage in sex with two prepubescent girls.

The FBI executed federal search warrants at Mahaffey’s residence in Martinsville on April 26, 2021, where they recovered Mahaffey’s cell phone which contained hundreds of images and videos depicting child sexual abuse material.

The images and videos distributed and possessed by Mahaffey included depictions of the sexual abuse of a prepubescent child.

Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued the sentence, which orders that Mahaffey be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 10 years following his release from federal prison and pay a $1,000 fine and restitution to each of the minor victims depicted in the images and videos he distributed and possessed.

Mahaffey must also register as a sex offender wherever he lives, works, or goes to school, as required by law.

The FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the case with assistance from the FBI Oklahoma City Field Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany J. Preston prosecuted the case.

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