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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Local man pleads guilty to creating child pornography through sexual abuse of toddler

DAYTON – A Miami Township man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to creating and distributing child pornography of the sexual abuse of a two-year-old.

 

Travis E. Walker, 36, was indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2018 and offered a guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sharon L. Ovington on September 23.

 

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Todd A. Wickerham, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, Montgomery County Prosecutor Matthias H. Heck, Jr., and Miami Township Police Chief Ronald L. Hess announced the plea.

 

According to court documents, beginning in at least January 2018 and continuing through May 2018, Walker sexually abused a toddler victim and produced at least 12 pornographic images on his cell phone.

 

In May 2018, Walker distributed five of the child pornography files he produced to an undercover FBI task force officer via the Kik Messenger app.

 

Producing child pornography is punishable by 15 to 30 years in prison. Distributing child pornography carries a potential sentence of five to 20 years in prison.

 

The plea agreement includes a global resolution involving state charges in Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, including three counts of rape of a person under 13 years of age and four counts of gross sexual imposition of a person under 13 years of age. The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office will recommend that Walker serve his federal prison sentence concurrent to state imprisonment.

 

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the FBI, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office RANGE Task Force and Miami Township Police, as well as Assistant United States Attorney SaMee Harden, who is prosecuting the case. Assistant Montgomery County Prosecutors Kelly D. Madzey and Jonathan W. Sauline are prosecuting the related state charges.

 

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jennifer.thornton@usdoj.gov
Updated September 24, 2019