Man accused of child pornography makes first court appearance

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter

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A Vancouver man whose wife allegedly caught him viewing child pornography on his electronic tablet appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court, court records show.

Michael W. Martin, 37, faces allegations of viewing and possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Martin’s wife found a video she described as “kiddie porn” on his personal tablet. When she confronted him about it, he allegedly admitted to viewing the video. She then turned over the tablet to law enforcement.

In an interview with police, Martin allegedly admitted to viewing child pornography on the internet, downloading it onto his tablet and sending the images to other online users.

He said the videos and photos depicted children he believed to be between 8 and 17 years old, the affidavit states.

During his hearing, Judge David Gregerson appointed the Vancouver Defenders to represent Martin and set his bail at $10,000. He will be arraigned Jan. 20.