Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Nicholas Andrew Travis, age 33, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Omaha by United States District Court Judge Brian C. Buescher to 151 months’ imprisonment for Receipt of Child Pornography. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release, Travis will serve a 5-year term of supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender. Travis was also ordered to pay $33,000 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.
On January 24, 2020, special agents and task force officers with Homeland Security executed a search warrant at Travis’s apartment at the Open Door Mission in Omaha. They seized Travis’s cell phone. Travis admitted to the investigators that he had used his cell phone to download child pornography from the Internet while at his apartment in Omaha. As one method to receive child pornography, Travis admitted that he had paid for access to a foreign provider to download child pornography. A forensic examination of Travis’s cell phone revealed 3,127 images and videos depicting children, specifically girls between the ages of 3 to 10, engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals 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.justice.gov/psc.
This case was investigated by the Council Bluffs Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations.