Former UAFS Professor Sentenced To Five Years For Child Porn

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A former University of Arkansas – Fort Smith professor was sentenced to five years in prison for child pornography, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge.

Travis Brown, 45, of Fort Smith was sentenced to 60 months in prison without the possibility of parole, followed by 60 months of supervised release for receipt of child pornography, the release states.

Brown pleaded guilty to the charge of receipt of child porn on April 30, 2014, according to the release.

U. S. Attorney Eldridge commented, “Crimes that victimize children, including child pornography offenses, remain among the highest priorities for my office.  Every time a video or image involving sexual abuse of children is downloaded or viewed, those children are re-victimized. We will continue to bring those involved in these crimes to justice.”

A federal Grand Jury issued an indictment on 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, Eldridge said. Many of those images were of girls, he said.

Brown’s arrest concluded a five-month investigation by Arkansas State Police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Eldridge said.

Brown was an assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, according to a faculty page on the university’s website.

He is no longer employed at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, according to Sondra LaMar, director of public relations for the campus.

14 comments

  • Richard S. Drake

    I do not understand the sentences for these crimes. I have been collecting articles, so that I can write about the differerent sentences folks receive. Some get prison, while others may get probation.
    As Yul Brynner sang in The King and I, “Is a puzzlement.”

    • becca

      You’re right, it seems that they went light on him. He was at a school that had a program that brought high school students onto the campus. He worked with organizations that were kid oriented. He should have received more time for surrounding himself with the youth of this town.

  • Sarah 300

    Mr. Drake I agree. If you are an educated white man, your sentence is entirely different than a person of another race.

  • Sean

    Greenwood City Prosecutor Mike Hamby and his wife Genia Hamby received a report of a deviant sexual assault on a minor child, and instead of reporting it to investigative authorities used the report for their own personal gain.

    Sick and disgusting behavior lurks in our county by our own active elected officials, not just freaks like this professor.

  • killion

    That’s what Ft Smith does, sweeps it under the rug. The way this area handles child abusers is not sufficient!

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