Former UAFS Professor Pleads Guilty In Child Pornography Case

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Travis Brown, 44, a former graphic design professor for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, pleaded guilty in a child pornography case, according to court documents.

A federal grand jury issued an indictment Jan. 29 against Brown on suspicion of four counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

While searching Brown’s home, federal investigators discovered 629 images of children aged 10 to 12 years old. Many of those images were of girls.

Brown had a trial scheduled for May 5, 2014, but on Wednesday (April 30), he appeared in court after accepting a plea agreement, according to court documents.

The plea agreement states that Brown agreed to plead guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography in order to have all other charges dropped.

Charges dropped include three counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, court documents state. 

A sentencing trial date has not been set yet.

6 comments

    • Evan M. McLemore, Esq.

      Elaine, that is not entirely correct. Innocent people plead guilty to crimes they did not commit for various reasons. When I was an intern during law school at the Public Defenders’ Office in Tulsa County, I honestly believe that many plead guilty not because of guilt, but because they had prior records, and the DAs were willing to drop predicate offenses that may increase sentencing in order to get a conviction. Also, because jails everywhere are overpopulated and court dockets overbooked, one may plead guilty knowing that they may likely serve the entirety of their sentence before they ever have their day in front of a jury. Many do plead guilty because they are, in fact, guilty. However, that is not always the case.

  • Bob

    He worked around children at uafs, ballet companies, multiple associations across the area. This man moved here from out of town and then preyed on children in a malicious and underhanded manner. He doesn’t deserve a plea deal, he deserves the entire sentence for his crimes.

  • steve

    He had parties with students from the university. He served alcohol to underage party guests as well.

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