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Men plead not guilty to child pornography charges

In separate cases, 2 accused of possessing sexually explicit material of children

Two Tucson men pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges in unrelated cases, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

Patrick Wayne Martin, 32, was indicted for distribution, possession and accessing child pornography, said Bill Solomon, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Between Oct. 15, 2008, and Jan. 9, 2009, Martin is accused of using the Internet to access and distribute child pornography through a file-sharing program, Solomon said.

He was arraigned on the charges Feb. 10 and entered a not guilty plea. He was released on conditions pending trial, Solomon said.

In a separate case, James Daniel Deback, 40, was arraigned Feb. 9 and entered a not guilty plea to possession of child pornography. He also was released on conditions pending trial, Solomon said.

On July 7, 2009, Deback allegedly was in possession of videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, Solomon said,

A conviction for distribution of child pornography is a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. Convictions for possession of child pornography and knowingly accessing the Internet to view child pornography carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, Solomon said.

The cases were part of the Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to fight child sexual exploitation and abuse, Solomon said.

The investigations were conducted by the FBI in Tucson.

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