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CT College Student Sentenced For Enticing Young Boys To Engage In Sex Over Internet

U.S. District Court in Hartford.
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A 24-year-old man attending college in Connecticut has been sentenced for enticing four boys to engage in sexual activities over the Internet.

Travis McCoy has been sentenced to 156 months in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, after pleading guilty in Hartford District Court over the summer to one count of enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.

From August 2015 through March last year, while attending college and living in New London, McCoy admitted to using Internet-based video chatting services such as Kik and Google Hangouts, as well as Internet-based gaming systems that included Xbox Live, to entice the minors.

Each of his victims was between the ages of 9 and 14, and he proceeded to engage in sexually explicit conduct over video-chatting services.

While engaging in the illicit video chatting, McCoy, who is from Houston, Texas, admitted to taking screenshots of the minors engaged in sexual activity, or requested and received digital images and videos from the minors in which they are depicted engaging in sexual activity. McCoy also sent images and videos of his own to the boys.

A multi-agency law enforcement investigation found that McCoy initially met one of the minors at a summer camp in Texas, where he worked as a camp counselor.

The investigation also found that McCoy maintained three Dropbox accounts and gave the password to one of the accounts to a person living in Los Angeles as a way to share and receive child pornography.

The Dropbox accounts contained 120 images and 158 videos of child pornography, though there is no evidence that McCoy distributed any of the images or videos he received from the four minor victims he enticed.

McCoy was arrested on the federal criminal complaint on June 28 last year. He pleaded guilty on June 27 this year.

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