Brewton man arrested for solicitation of a child

Published 4:08 pm Tuesday, August 17, 2021

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A Brewton man remains behind bars on multiple charges including solicitation of a child.

Blake Thomas Martin was arrested following an investigation that began earlier this month. According to Escambia County Sheriff Heath Jackson, investigators with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office along with Investigators assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) initiated a criminal investigation involving sexual misconduct with a underage child on Aug. 5.

“During the investigation, law enforcement had received texts that were meant for a underage child and due to the nature of the texts, a undercover operation was conducted,” Jackson said. “The suspect, identified as Blake Thomas Martin, sent messages asking for sex and even stated that he knew it was illegal to have sex with someone under 16 years old.

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“On Aug. 13, investigators, posing as the child, agreed to Martins’ request for sex. Martin came to the agreed location and was arrested by investigators immediately. A search of Martins’ pockets revealed 3 condoms, one breath mint, one Viagra, marijuana, and one Oxycodone. A search warrant was also executed at Martins’ residence in the 3000 block of Keego Road. During the search, electronic devices, and Methamphetamine was located and seized.”

Martin was charged with Electronic Solicitation of a Child, Traveling To Meet A Child For An Unlawful Sex Act, Unlawful Possession Of A Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession Of Marijuana 2nd, and Unlawful Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.

Martins bond was set at $500,000.00.