ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - An Ellicott City man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually exploiting a child to produce child pornography and possessing child pornography.
Jeffrey Trantham, 24, will also have a lifetime of supervised release following his jail time and register as a sex offender in the place where he lives, works and is a student.
"The sentencing today of Jeffrey Trantham sends a strong message that law enforcement will not tolerate such despicable crimes," said William Winter, Special Agent in Charge of ICE HSI in Baltimore. "Our children have an absolute right to grow up free from the fear of sexual exploitation. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations, along with our law enforcement partners, will continue to relentlessly pursue predators who sexually abuse children, whether that abuse is physical in nature or if it is accomplished by exploiting their images."
According to Trantham's plea agreement, an individual in Canada received images of a prepubescent minor being sexually abused by a man appearing to be Trantham.
Howard County Police executed a search warrant at Trantham's house on December 12, 2009.
Trantham admitted that between August and September 2009, he repeatedly sexually abused a child under the age of eight.
He further admitted that he took sexually explicit photos of her and sent them to at least three other people over the internet. Trantham also sent images of the child via a live broadcast through a web camera.
Further investigation of Trantham's computer revealed over 600 images and many additional videos of child pornography, including images depicting the repeated sexual abuse of the victim.
Most of the images and videos found on the computer involved prepubescent girls and contained images portraying sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein expressed appreciation to the London Ontario Canada Police Department, who brought this matter to the attention of the Howard County Police. Mr. Rosenstein commended ICE - Homeland Security Investigations, the Howard County Police Department and Howard County State's Attorney's Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution, and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Judson T. Mihok, who prosecuted the case.