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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Naples Man Sentenced To More Than Five Years For Distributing Child Pornography

Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Travis John Jenner (38, Naples) to five years and six months in federal prison for distributing child pornography. He pleaded guilty on January 5, 2016.

According to court documents, on May 19, 2015, Jenner distributed child pornography over the Internet to an undercover detective in Canada. A child sex crimes detective from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) encountered Jenner on a website where he was advertising an opportunity to “view some young females.” When the OPP officer responded to the ad, Jenner redirected the officer to a chat site where he was the “owner” of the room and multiple other users were present. Jenner informed the users, including the undercover officer, that he would share photos of two young girls. He stated that one of the girls is “…15 in pics and 18 now,”  and the other is “…16/17 in pics, 19 now.”  Jenner identified both girls by name and shared multiple images of them engaging in sexually explicit conduct. He also told the officer that he knew one of the girls and had chatted online with her for two years. He identified that girl by name and email address.

On July 23, 2015, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at Jenner’s residence and seized his laptop computer. A preliminary forensic review of this computer revealed several images of the identified minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, including the images that had been distributed to the undercover OPP officer.

During an interview, Jenner admitted to knowing one of the minor victims and having an online relationship with her. He stated that during the relationship he had received numerous images of the girl engaging in sexually explicit conduct and/or posing in a lewd and lascivious manner.  In addition, he admitted to creating an online account that he had used to distribute the sexually explicit images of the minor.  Jenner admitted that he had become obsessed with the minor, and that he continued to view and distribute her images after the relationship had ended. 

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in cooperation with the Ontario Provincial Police Child Sex Crimes Unit. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Yolande G. Viacava.

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Updated June 29, 2016