Skip to main content
Press Release

Previously-Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to Decades in Federal Prison for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – First Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that James Traband, 53, of Upland, Delaware County, PA was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison followed by lifetime supervised release by United States District Judge Harvey A. Bartle for possession and distribution of child pornography.

In 2018, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office investigated Traband for trafficking in child pornography using his Facebook account. The investigation revealed that the defendant had created a fake profile for himself, posing as a 13-year old boy, to find and entice other minor boys into sexual activity online. He used real photos he had taken of a young boy who lived with him to lure other young boys into believing they were communicating with a boy of their same age. In reality, they were talking with Traband, a middle-aged convicted sex offender, who convinced them to engage in sexual chats and exchange sexually explicit images.

At the time he committed these offenses, Traband was a registered sex offender, having previously been convicted in Delaware County of child pornography offenses. He was also under court supervision.

The case was referred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Traband was ultimately indicted and convicted of distributing and attempting to distribute child pornography and possession of child pornography.

“Traband’s days of exploiting and victimizing children online are over,” said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Williams. “Child sexual exploitation is appallingly pervasive, and exacerbated by the easy availability of digital media and communications. This case serves as a message to all adults who care for children: please monitor what they do online. And as always, we stand ready with our federal partners to identify and prosecute these criminals.”

“Child exploitation is among the most heinous crimes we investigate. As a result of our partnership with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, this unrepentant predator will no longer be able to harm children,” said Michael T. Harpster, special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Division. “The FBI and its law enforcement partners will never stop working to hunt down child predators and deliver justice on behalf of their victims.”

This case is part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce the sexual exploitation and abuse of children. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rotella.


Suite 1250, 615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Media Contact

If you have not done so already, follow @USAO_EDPA and @USAttyMcSwain to get the most up-to-date information about big cases and community news.

Updated November 1, 2019

Project Safe Childhood