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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Meade County, Kentucky, Man On The Kentucky Sex Offender Registry, Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Transporting And Possessing Child Pornography

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Meade County, Kentucky, man on the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry, was sentenced in United States District Court, by District Judge David J. Hale, to 15 years in prison followed by a life term of Supervised Release, for transporting and possessing child pornography announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

 

Travis Tucker, 30, was charged by grand jury Indictment on February 17, 2016. He pled guilty to the charges on November 7, 2016. Tucker remains in federal custody.

 

Tucker admitted to uploading child pornography on four separate occasions in October of 2014 and possessing child pornography images in January 2015. According to information presented in court, Kentucky State Police received several Cybertip reports concerning the uploading of child pornography images (that is, images of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct), to a Google plus account from an email address of TravisTucker697@gmail.com. Investigative efforts led to Tucker as the user of the email account.

Law enforcement officials executed a state search warrant on Tucker’s residence in Meade County, Kentucky, on January 14, 2015. During the search, they seized numerous digital items. Later, forensic review of the digital items revealed thousands of images of child pornography. The images had been acquired using the Internet.

 

Prior to October of 2014, Tucker had been convicted of a child pornography offense. He was on the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry at the time of the offenses in the Indictment.

 

Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case. The Kentucky State Police conducted the investigation.

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This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated February 2, 2017