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Venice Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Federal Prison For Distributing, Receiving And Possessing Child Sexual Abuse Images And Videos

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge James S. Moody has sentenced Travis Vance (36, Venice) to 15 years in federal prison for distributing, receiving, and possessing images and videos depicting children being sexually abused. Vance was also ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervised release, register as a sex offender, and forfeit the electronic devices that he had used to commit his offenses.

Vance had been found guilty by a jury on March 10, 2021.

According to court documents, on July 6, 2018, Vance received child sex abuse images over a social media application on the internet from a Canadian user. Also, on July 6, 2018, Vance distributed similar contraband images over the same social media application to the same user in Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) then received information from the company hosting this social media application that Vance was sharing child sex abuse images online. The RCMP determined that Vance resided within the Middle District of Florida and shared this information with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). On June 12, 2019, HSI agents and other officers executed a search warrant at Vance’s residence. A forensic examination of Vance’s electronic devices revealed that they contained more than 600 images depicting the sexual abuse of children, some of whom were under the age of 12.

“This case is an example of the unique international investigative authorities of HSI special agents,” said HSI Tampa Assistant Special Agent in Charge Hector Colon. “Because of the law enforcement partnership between HSI and the British Columbia Integrated Child Exploitation Unit, our communities will be safer with this child predator behind bars.”

This case was investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Candace Garcia Rich.

Updated June 11, 2021

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