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Minneapolis (KROC AM News) - An Albert Lea man who was convicted of using a teenage girl to produce and distribute pornography has been sentenced to life in federal prison.

At the time of his arrest, he was a registered sex offender.

Sentenced Friday in federal court in Minneapolis was 33-year-old Travis Mayer. His actual sentence was “life plus ten years.”

Federal prosecutors say the case against Mayer began in 2017 when he downloaded and received child pornography from a Russian-based distribution website. The next year Mayer sexually exploited a 15-year-old girl, through persuasion and coercion, using her to produce child pornography, which he then possessed and distributed.

According to the US Attorney’s Office:

“Between June 20, 2019, and October 11, 2019, Mayer attempted to obstruct the administration of justice by requesting a witness to testify falsely regarding the child sexual exploitation investigation.”Mayer went on trial last summer and a jury convicted him of eight counts."

Photo credit: Office of US Attorney District of Minnesota
Photo credit: Office of US Attorney District of Minnesota
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Acting United States Attorney Charles J. Kovats released this statement after the sentencing:

“For years, this defendant victimized children by sexually exploiting them. Despite prior criminal convictions, Mayer continued his pattern of predatory behavior by exploiting, extorting, coercing, and threatening his minor victims. A sentence of life in prison is justified and ensures that he will never again victimize another child.”

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