Kennett man sentenced to 17.5 years for child porn

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – A Kennett man was sentenced to 17.5 years in federal prison for producing child pornography.

Travis Crane, 30, was sentenced to 210 months (17.5 years) for sexual exploitation of a minor.

Crane appeared for his hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 16 before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. at the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau.

Law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at Crane’s home in July 2020 after receiving a cybertip that he was using Facebook to upload files containing child pornography.

Investigators discovered multiple images and videos of child pornography on Crane’s mobile phone. In addition to material obtained over the internet, investigators also discovered several sexually explicit images of a 2-year old girl taken while she was sleeping.

At his guilty plea hearing in 2021, Crane admitted that he used his mobile phone to produce the images. After serving his sentence, Crane was ordered to be placed on supervised release for 20 years. He will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

This case was investigated by the Poplar Bluff Police Department, the SEMO Cybercrimes Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jack Koester handled the prosecution for the government.

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