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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Kennett Man Sentenced to Serve 210 Months in Federal Prison for Producing Child Pornography

CAPE GIRARDEAU - The United States Attorney's Office announced that Travis Crane, age 30, of Kennett, Missouri, was sentenced to serve 210 months in federal prison for the offense of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Crane appeared for his sentencing hearing today before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. at the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

According to court documents, law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at Crane’s residence in July 2020 after receiving a cybertip that he was using Facebook to upload files containing child pornography. During an examination of Crane’s mobile phone, investigators discovered multiple images and videos of child pornography. In addition to material obtained over the internet, investigators also discovered several sexually explicit images of Crane’s own 2-year old daughter taken while she was sleeping. At his guilty plea hearing last year, Crane admitted that he used his mobile phone to produce the images. After serving his 210-month sentence, Crane was ordered to be placed on supervised release for 20 years. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

This case was investigated by the Poplar Bluff Police Department, the SEMO Cybercrimes Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jack Koester handled the prosecution for the government.

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Updated February 16, 2022