Convict called 'monster' by agent from FBI's Boston Division

U.S. District Court, Boston

A Bronx, N.Y., man was sentenced April 3 in federal court in Boston for coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct in Arlington for the purpose of producing child pornography, as well as traveling with the intent to engage in illicit conduct with the preteen victim.

Markell Greene, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris to 24 years in prison and five years of supervised release. In October 2023, Greene pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and to one count of travel with intent to engage in illicit conduct, a U.S. District Court news release said.

“Markell Greene is a monster, and no sentence will ever wipe away the untold heartache, pain, anxiety and fear that he inflicted upon this young child and her family,” Jodi Cohen, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Division, was quoted as saying in the news release.

“That said, today’s sentence does remove a dangerous predator from our community for a significant amount of time and highlights the FBI’s ongoing commitment to ensure that sexual predators are held accountable for their crimes. Our Child Exploitation – Human Trafficking Task Force will continue to do what it can to prevent children from being sexually abused and exploited.”

Officials say that Greene persuaded, enticed and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography. Additionally, on or about Feb. 14, 2022, Greene traveled in interstate commerce with a motivating purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with the minor victim. 

In late 2021, Greene sent an unsolicited Snapchat message to the then-12-year-old minor victim, who had believed Greene to be approximately 16 years old. Over the course of several months, Greene manipulated the minor victim into sending him sexually explicit photos and videos of herself. Greene also directed the minor victim to brag about her age during the sexually explicit videos.  

In February 2022, Greene persuaded the minor victim to meet him in person at a parking lot in Arlington. On Feb. 14, 2022, Greene arrived to the agreed-upon meet-up location in an SUV, picked up the minor victim and parked the vehicle in an adjacent parking lot. There, Greene raped the minor victim and forced her to engage in oral, vaginal and anal sex, which he recorded on Snapchat. 

Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy and FBI SAC Cohen made the announcement April 3, 2024. They said that valuable assistance had been provided by the Arlington and New York City police departments; the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Luke A. Goldworm of the Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

Members of the public who have questions, concerns or information regarding this case should call 617-748-3274, the news release said.

 “What Markell Greene admitted to doing today to this 12-year-old child was heinous, and his actions will have untold ramifications on this brave victim’s life for years to come,” Cohen was quoted as saying in an earlier news release from the U.S. Attorney's office. “Every day, FBI Boston’s Child Exploitation – Human Trafficking Task Force is working hard to protect our most vulnerable [members of society] by identifying and apprehending predators like Greene who take advantage of their innocence to commit atrocious acts.”

In a statement last year, it was reported that the charge of sexual exploitation of children provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison, at least five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of travel with intent to engage in illicit conduct provides for a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, at least five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. sentencing guidelines and on statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

“It is hard to find the words to capture how horrific and reprehensible Mr. Greene’s conduct was here. Through social media he targeted a 12-year-old girl, and then he proceeded to entice her to send him sexually explicit photos and videos. And as if that was not bad enough, he then travelled from New York to rape this child while he was recording his deviant behavior on Snapchat. It does not get much more despicable and depraved than that.  Thanks to the bravery of this victim, Mr. Greene will be behind bars for many years and not able to terrorize other young girls,” Levy was quoted as saying.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. 


April 2, 2022: Town resident, ex-youth orchestra employee pleads guilty to child porn

This announcement was published April 3, 2024 , based on information from various news sources including the U.S. Attorney's Office website at www.justice.gov.