A California man who had exploited at least five young children to produce child pornography was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in federal prison.
As the Sacramento Bee reports, the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California said in a press statement that most of the children 35-year-old Travis Elconin abused were younger than nine. Elconin worked as a nanny — and used his profession to victimize children in his care, including his friends’ relatives.
Elconin filmed himself abusing multiple children between August 2016 and November 2018. While the ex-nanny pleaded guilty to producing child pornography involving four minors, federal authorities said they identified eight victims since his arrest in January.
Last November, German officials contacted the FBI regarding Elconin, and claimed he sent or received more than 10,000 encrypted messages over the Dark Web in a two-year period. In those messages, authorities said Elconin and suspected child sex abusers in Germany discussed abuse and exchanged sexually-explicit images depicting minors.
Elconin will be on supervised release for the rest of his life upon completing his 30-year prison sentence.
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