An Independence man pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal charge of producing child pornography, admitting that he used a 13-year-old girl he'd met on Facebook to produce the porn in May 2016.
Travis White, 25, faces 15 to 30 years in federal prison without parole. He will be sentenced at a later date.
White met the child on Facebook, and they had sexually explicit online chats, according to court documents. During one of those chats, White asked the child victim to produce a pornographic image, which she sent to him.
A Topeka, Kansas woman, Cynthia Holman was part of a superceding indictment last September in the case. She and White allegedly conspired to transport a minor across state lines to engage in illicit sexual activity.
According to court documents from the original May 2017 complaint, police learned a 13-year-old victim was living with White, and she told investigators she met White online in January 2016 when she was living in Kansas.
White and the victim began texting explicit messages and exchanging nude photographs. With assistance, the victim made her way to Kansas City in September 2016, and she stayed at a hotel for a few days before moving in with White.
The FBI recovered the victim on March 1, 2017 and placed her in emergency police custody, and investigators discovered the illicit Facebook messages of a sexual nature between White and the victim.
According to court documents, White told investigators he had sex with the victim numerous times in the metro area and that he had engaged in similar sexual discussions with approximately “50 to 100” other females, many of whom were minors, via Facebook and other means.
An earlier indictment of White had charges involving five additional child victims.