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Harford County man sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexual exploitation of minor, illegal possession of firearm

BALTIMORE, MD—A Harford County man has been sentenced to prison on child pornography and weapons charges.

U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III this week sentenced Travis Joseph Crawford, 34, of Edgewood, to 15 years in federal prison, followed by 25 years of supervised release, for sexual exploitation of a child to produce child pornography and for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Judge Russell also ordered that, upon his release from prison, Crawford will be required to register as a sex offender in the places where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge James C. Harris of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; Special Agent in Charge Toni M. Crosby of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler; and Colonel Woodrow W. Jones III, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.

According to Crawford’s plea agreement and other court documents, on November 30, 2020, Harford County Sheriff’s deputies went to Crawford’s residence, based on an arrest warrant issued for Crawford by Maryland State Police for firearms-related offenses. When the officers arrived, they heard Crawford call, “Where’s my gun?” Crawford was arrested and law enforcement recovered a cell phone, a smart watch, and a fully-loaded .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

A search warrant subsequently executed on Crawford’s phone revealed three sexually explicit videos involving Jane Doe, all of which were recorded without her knowledge or permission. Crawford was also previously a convicted felon and therefore was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

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