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Nudist Dad, Charged for Child Porn, Claims Nude Pictures of Daughters Are 'Family Portraits'

| by Michael Allen

Brian Martens, who lives in a nudist colony in Palm Beach County, Fla., has been arrested for nude pictures of his three daughters, which he calls "family portraits" of a naturist family.

Martens has been charged with producing child pornography and receiving child pornography.

"Several of these photos the court has reviewed are lascivious... They are, in the court's opinion, sexually explicit," U.S. Magistrate Judge Bill Matthewman said during a court hearing yesterday.

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According to the Sun-Sentinel, Judge Matthewman ordered Martens to be held without bail until his trial because he is a flight risk and "a clear risk of danger to the community, and specifically to his daughters."

Homeland Security security agents found the pictures on a computer of Leslie Grey Vanaman, who lives in the same nudist community as Martens, the Sunsport Gardens Family Naturist Resort.

Earlier this year, Vanaman started serving 60 years in federal prison for receiving and possessing child pornography, noted the Daily Mail.

Martens' attorney James Eisenberg claimed in court that Martens hired Vanaman, a professional photographer, to take the family portraits.

"The girls have no clothes on... but they're not doing anything of a sexual nature," Eisenberg said. "If they were young ladies who had clothing on, no one would consider them pornographic."

However, the girl were not young ladies when the pictures were taken; they were between the ages 8 and 12.

"Totally nude is the normal state of all the people who live there," Eisenberg added. "In the context that everybody in this family are naturists... these photos are not lewd or pornographic in any way."

If convicted, Martens could get between 15 and 30 years in federal prison. He has pleaded not guilty.

However, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandy Brentari Galler said in court that Martens signed releases for more than 50 pictures between 2010 and 2012, emailed Vanaman and a third man about "the sensuality and sexuality" of his daughters' pictures, and wrote about "using his daughters as a passport" in the nudist community.

The photographs don't show any sexual activity or abuse, but do show the girls naked and with a black lace shawl in "sexually suggestive poses," say prosecutors.

Florida's Department of Children & Families has placed the three girls in foster care. Martens was raising the children alone, there is no word on their mother.

Sources: Sun-Sentinel and Daily Mail