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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Lauderdale County Man for Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted a Lauderdale County man on multiple charges of distributing and possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, FBI Special Agent in Charge Roger C. Stanton, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier, and Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton.

A two-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges TRAVIS OLANDERS CHERRY, 42, with distributing and possessing child pornography in 2013 and 2014.

Because the State of Alabama previously convicted Cherry for sexual abuse in the second degree, the maximum penalty for distributing child pornography is 40 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and the maximum penalty for possessing child pornography is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The FBI, ALEA State Bureau of Investigation, and the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Hutzell is prosecuting.

An indictment contains charges.  A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Updated July 30, 2015