Augusta man sentenced to prison for having sex with underage girl

An Augusta man was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday for having sex with an underage girl.

William Martin, 40, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to statutory rape and five years of sexual exploitation of a minor. Chief Judge Carl C. Brown Jr., also imposed an additional 35 years on probation.

Assistant District Attorney Joanna Mastny told the judge Martin’s relationship with a 15-year-old girl was brought to the attention of law enforcement in October 2016. The teen said the sexual relationship was consensual. When arrested, officers found pornographic pictures of the victim on Martin’s phone.