Missouri News: Kansas City Sex Offender, Travis E. Fleming, Sentenced to 15 Years for Child Pornography

KANSAS CITY, MO (STL.News) – A Kansas City, Missouri man with prior felony convictions for child pornography was sentenced in federal court today for receiving child pornography over the Internet.

Travis E. Fleming, 44, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 15 years in federal prison without parole.  The court also sentenced Fleming to 20 years of supervised release following incarceration.  The court ordered Fleming to pay $5,000 in restitution to each of three identified victims of sexual abuse portrayed in the images of child pornography that he possessed.

Fleming was convicted in federal court in 2010 of two counts of receiving child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography, for which he was sentenced to six years and six months in federal prison without parole.  He was on supervised release at the time of this offense.

On Sept. 20, 2018, Fleming pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography. Fleming admitted that he had 256 images of child sexual abuse (including bondage) on his cell phone.  Some of the victim children ranged in age from four to 10 years old.  A forensic examination determined that Fleming did the bulk of his viewing of child pornography in the dark web.

Fleming’s probation officer discovered the cell phone during a home visit on Nov. 16, 2017.  Fleming admitted that he had been accessing the internet since at least February 2017.  Among the conditions of Fleming’s supervised release was that he not possess any type of computer or electronic device with access to any on-line computer service.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine A. Connelly. It was investigated by the Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and the Clay County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.