JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Mississippi Attorney General's Office.
Cameron Travelstead, 25, of Jackson, is going to prison after his conviction in a child pornography case, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Travelstead was sentenced Thursday by Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weil, Jr. on one count of possession of child pornography. Travelstead was convicted by a Hinds County Jury on October 16, 2015, following a week-long trial.
Judge Weil sentenced Travelstead to 20 years with 12 years to serve and five years of post-release supervision. He must also register as a sex offender upon release. Travelstead will not be released until October 2027.
Travelstead was arrested following 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 found Travelstead was downloading and sharing hundreds of images and videos of child pornography.
"We do appreciate the jury for a just verdict and Judge Weil for handing down such a strong sentence, as well as the hard work of the Hinds County District Attorney's Office," said Attorney General Hood. "This sentence shows the dedication and commitment of our state's District Attorneys, the FBI and law enforcement agencies statewide working together in the fight to protect our children in Mississippi from child predators."
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.