BIRMINGHAM – Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted a Lauderdale County man on multiple charges of distributing and possessing child pornography.
Travis Olanders Cherry, 42, was charged with numerous counts of distributing and possessing child pornography in 2013 and 2014. He has previously faced local charges in this case, in Lauderdale County court, as well.
The investigation started in November 2013 when Pennsylvania State Police found numerous images on a sharing website tracked to Cherry.
Because the state of Alabama previously convicted Cherry for sexual abuse in the second degree, the maximum penalty for distributing child pornography is 40 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and the maximum penalty for possessing child pornography is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The FBI, ALEA State Bureau of Investigation, and the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Hutzell is prosecuting.