Ellicott City Man Indicted for Producing and Distributing Child Pornography
Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury indicted Jeffery J. Trantham, age 23, of Ellicott City, Maryland, today on 12 counts of producing, distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography.
The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Chief William J. McMahon of the Howard County Police Department; and Howard County State’s Attorney Dario Broccolino.
According to the 12 count indictment, from August 19 to September 3, 2009 Trantham produced four pictures and a video of a prepubescent girl, which document the sexual abuse of the girl. The pictures allegedly display the minor girl’s genital area or the defendant’s penis penetrating the girl’s anus. The video of Trantham and the girl is over three minutes long and depicts masturbation and oral sex. On three occasions on November 2 and December 2, 2009, Trantham allegedly distributed pictures and videos documenting the sexual abuse of minors, including the girl, to individuals in Canada and North Carolina. On October 30, 2009, the indictment alleges that Trantham received pictures documenting the sexual abuse of female minors, and on December 12, 2009 Trantham possessed pictures documenting the sexual abuse of minors.
Trantham faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison on each of five counts for sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography; a minimum sentence of 5 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each of three counts for distributing child pornography and for receipt of child pornography; and a maximum sentence of 10 years for each of three counts for possessing child pornography. Trantham is detained.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
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 Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Details about Maryland’s program are available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who is prosecuting the case.