Source: US State of California
LOS ANGELES – A former nanny was sentenced today to 360 months in federal prison for producing child pornography with at least five children – most of whom were eight and nine years old – who had been placed under his care.
Travis Elconin, 35, of Burbank, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr., who also placed Elconin on supervised release for the rest of his life after he completes serving his prison sentence. Elconin pleaded guilty on March 18 to a two-count criminal information charging him with production of child pornography.
Elconin used his position as a nanny to exploit and abuse the children in his care, holding himself out as the “perfect caretaker,” which induced numerous families – including his friends – to hire him, according to court documents. Elconin placed advertisements on websites, one of which stated, “I know how important it is as a parent to know that your children are safe when you’re not around. That would by my top priority.”
Between August 2016 and November 2018, Elconin ingratiated himself with several families, only to sexually abuse their minor children and make sexually explicit videos of his crimes with his iPhone 8. In his plea agreement, Elconin admitted to producing child pornography with four children placed under his care. Since his arrest on January 9, the government has identified eight victims directly connected to him.
In November 2018, German law enforcement contacted the FBI about Elconin, who had exchanged more than 10,000 messages via encrypted chatting programs and the dark web over the previous two years with suspected child sex abusers in Germany. Those messages discussed child sex abuse and the exchange of such images. The FBI also obtained warrants and searched his digital devices.
This matter was investigated by the FBI. Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) Police and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office provided assistance in this matter.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Devon A. Myers of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section.