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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 12, 2015

New Orleans Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Receiveing Images Depicting the Sexual Exploitation of Children

U.S. Kenneth A. Polite announced that TRAVIS ISRAEL OSBORNE, age 23, of New Orleans, was sentenced today for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.

U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon sentenced OSBORNE to 60 months incarceration, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

According to court documents, special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at OSBORNE’S residence on April 2, 2013.  Agents recovered one computer and one external digital storage device.  A subsequent forensic examination of the computer and storage device revealed that beginning in 2011 OSBORNE used versions of a peer-to-peer network to look for and download images of children as young as 8-years-old engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  In total, OSBORNE downloaded and catalogued approximately 140 images and 37 videos of prepubescent children being sexually victimized.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg was in charge of the prosecution.

Updated March 12, 2015