Bossier City man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography
SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Bossier City man pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing child pornography.
Travis Eugene Henson, 42, of Bossier City, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to one count of possession of child pornography. According to the guilty plea, law enforcement agents identified Henson as someone who was actively downloading child pornography. His home was searched on April 25, 2016, and child pornography was found on various electronic media within his home. Law enforcement later conducted a forensic analysis of the media that showed the electronic media contained more than a million files with a majority being child pornography.
Henson faces five to 20 years in prison, five years to life of supervised release, mandatory registration as a sex offender, forfeiture of property seized during the investigation and a $250,000 fine. The court set the sentencing date for June 16, 2017.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood combines federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) also encourage the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at (866) 347-2423. Investigators are available at all hours to answer hotline calls. Tips or other information can also be submitted to ICE online by visiting their website at www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp or through the Operation Predator smartphone application www.ice.gov/predator/smartphone-app. Tips may be submitted anonymously.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, and the Northwest Louisiana Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl M. Campbell is prosecuting the case.