Friday, October 23, 2015

Travelstead faces up to 40 years in prison

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:

Jackson, Miss.- Cameron Travelstead, 25, of Jackson, is facing up to 40 years in prison after his conviction in a child pornography case, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill, Jr. recently set Travelstead’s sentencing for October 29, 2015.

A Hinds County Jury convicted Travelstead of one count of possession of child pornography. The five day trial was presided over by Judge Weill.

The case stemmed from a joint investigation involving the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children task force, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office (an affiliate of the task force), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The investigation revealed Travelstead was downloading and sharing hundreds of images and videos of child pornography.

“Our ICAC network is extensive and helps law enforcement throughout our state and nationwide in the fight against child pornography,” said Attorney General Hood. “We appreciate the hard work of the Hinds County District Attorney's Office, the FBI and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office as well as each of our local law enforcement agencies, as we track down these child predators and bring them to justice.”

The case was tried jointly by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn and Jamie McBride of the of the Hinds County District Attorney’s Office.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Seems ridiculous to me. A kid made a horrible mistake. He could be put away 35 years longer than someone who committed murder just for looking at some perv pics

Anonymous said...

10:26 pm He is not a " kid" . He was " sharing". He is a perv.

How do you think those photos happen? Would you like your child's photo sent to pedophiles?

Your comment is creepy unless this is your feeble attempt at politics. In that case, you need to stay out of politics for the sake of the Nation.

Are you the one who came up with the stupid ads suggesting an AG is supposed to be wasting taxpayer dollars filing Quixotic lawsuits against the executive and legislative branches of the federal government instead of protecting constituents against criminals and corruption in their State?

As for me, while I wish we could do better than Hood and wish the GOP had a first rate candidate, at least Hood has some notion about what he legally can and can't get done!

Anonymous said...

10:26 you are a sick MFer. these people are just as dangerous as murderers. They provide a market for people to film the rape of kids as young as 3 years old. I wish you could go away with this perv.

Anonymous said...

These sentences are on point, there is plenty of research that shows how dangerous child predators are, and how likely they are to re-offend. This a-hole was trafficking in the victimization of hundreds of children who likely will have lingering effects of their abuse. 10:26 must not have any children, or care about anyone else's.

Anonymous said...

He probably got off light. One count? He's 25 years old and is probably fresh off his last touch/feel episode with a child. He did not just discover child pornography on the internet last year. He's been at this in some form for probably the past 11 years.

Anonymous said...

5:44, 5:48, 3:27, 2:31 ... your ignorance is staggering... you have no idea what you are talking about. There is no legitimate empirical evidence that shows sex offenders are likely to re-offend... As a matter of fact, according to the Mississippi Sex Offender Registration system, sex offenders have the lowest rate of recidivism of any or the crimes in this State... as well, the internet does not provide a market for the rape of kids... the rape of kids is Biblical and has been going on since the beginning of mankind ... as a matter of fact, many of the photographs that get posted are taken by family members... a teenager who views something whether intentionally or unintentionally is not the cause of incest...

A Fungus Among Us said...

So, 2:35 wants to debate the meaning of empirical and dismisses child fondling on the basis that it occurred 2000 years ago. So, you're either an offender or the parent of one. Please post a link to a site that discounts the high propensity for pedophiles to molest. Just do it and shut up.

RAE said...

is amazing how many of you make comments without any true facts. This was a kid of 19 while looking at and downloading ADULT files of pictures. In that mix there were some younger looking pics. The label on many of these stated they were legal age. There was about a 3 week span some of these pics were there and were erased.

Many were erased the same minute they were downloaded and a couple of the files were incomplete which means they

How did you jump to fondling? That is just pure ignorance. That is a blatant lie the AG and DA are putting out (mostly because it is election time) that Travelstead sharing anything. That is a LIE.

Also, you really should find out the law before commenting. Look up the sentencing for rape or molesting a child. I do back ground checks and in a couple of years I have seen 1 guy spend 6 months in jail all others got suspended sentences. That is unbelievable. I have seen 1 guy receive 8 years for murder all others less time. One guy was caught and charged with 18 counts of breaking into autos at Hinds College--3 months for 1 count all the rest suspended. I could go on and on.

3:27 There were hundreds of images on the computer that is true. The pics were of many different things ONLY literally a hand full were of questionable age girls. There were several videos that is true. Grand Torino--Last House on The Left-- many music videos, etc. You know stuff a 19 year old does.

5:44 If you think Hood is doing all legal or above board things in his office--you should pull your head out. Also, Hurst has not prosecuted a child pornography case--that is true because those cases are done by the AG office or Federal. Hurst is running for that office. also, many of the pics are the bodies of adults that have a younger face put on the body. That is why many of the companies who release these pics can continue to release them. If these guys are doing such a great job look around Jackson at the crime. This case is all about politics. And if you would bother to look up the facts and not be lead around by the nose by those leading you to the
conclusion that serves them. And 19 is a kid.

5:48 you are just to stupid to address

RAE said...

2:31 see the above. From 19 11 years would have put him at 8 years old dummy. How do you leap to a hand full of pics on a computer while looking at adult pics to touching a child? You had to assume a whole whole lot to make that connection. I have a good friend that has to clean out my computer about every 6 months because I have no idea what I do to get some of these things downloaded. I also have a message at the bottom of my email stating some one else is sharing my IPAddress. I hope for your sake you never make a mistake on the computer, your kids or anyone you know. 999 out of 1000 probably are people who are seeking child looking pictures--this case is the exception and all the evidence proves that. Even one of the investigators realized this is wrong. Weeks pasted from the time those pics were mixed in the downloads to the time they went into seize the computer with nothing else downloaded in those weeks.

Again this threat to society had a hand full of pics that were deleted when he was 19, yes 6 years ago, none of the other 8 or 9 electronic devices had anything on them and Travelstead agreed to take a polygraph when the investigators asked him to and they never gave him one.

This was a stupid mistake done by a curious 19 year old kid looking for girls close to his own age. Many years ago that curiosity led young boys to buy a magazine or seek into their dads or older brothers room to crab a peek at what a girl looked like. Today with a click you can find that and much more whether or not you want all that gets through.

Google some simple thing like "toys" and many other innocent words and you will be shocked how easy it is to get information you never intended to see.

The way this law is written (in some knee jerk reaction-I am sure)
does not take into account someone tripping into the wrong pictures.
It is wrong that anyone would be better off to physically rape a child than have a picture. This law needs to be amended.

Please do not write back some stupid comment like I must be in favor of pedophiles. I am into justice and a sense of fairness. The sentence should fit the action.

I thank God He disciplines me, guides me to better me and does not use the measuring stick many I have seen here and in this case use to cruse people. I thank God He knows my heart and this boys heart is in no way shape or form hiding any darkness or evil intent and that He is just and merciful. Also, hope for you people who are so quick to cast that stone at someone else never have anything unintended happen to you or your families.

Please do not be sucked into believing everything you read. And under NO circumstances should you EVER assume because a person is in a position of "authority" they are telling the whole truth and not playing with words to lead to a conclusion that may not be true.

Anonymous said...

5:44 HOOD is supposed to be Mississippi's lawyer. That is what he was elected to do. You really should look into how many times a private lawyer has been hired because Hood would not do the job. That is money from the taxpayers on top of his salary. How many of these private attorneys were hired as payback for backing him? ONE EX: Mike Moore is one that Hood gave work to with the BP spill. 3 million plus later for Moore. Hood uses, just like Moore did, his taxpayer job for private money making. That is wrong. If he will not do his job--he SHOULD be fired.
Hood likes to spout off about being "tough" on crime. This is posturing because it is an election year. There is tough and then there is fair,right and just. Some in his group have acknowledged that Travelste ad is not a pedophile.
Hood offered 2 years to Travelstead because he is such a "threat" to society.
It should anger the electorate that people in positions of authority use that to manipulate the voters. Hood gives no thought to the life he is trying to destroy as long as it serves him. Do you really believe it is a mere coincidence that the AG office press release came a few days before the election? It should literally sicken people the extent some of these Politian's will sink. Talk about scary.
Please start paying attention to the elections. Judges, AG, DA these positions matter. THEY WORK FOR US. We should demand them to not be as bad as the people they judge.

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