On Monday United States District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. sentenced 35 year old Travis Elconin to 30 years in prison and supervised release for the rest of his life once his time is served.
On March 18th Elconin had pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography with four victims as a part of a plea deal. Since his arrest, eight victims, most of whom are between 8 and 9 years old, have been identified.
In November 2018 German law enforcement reached out to the FBI concerning over 10,000 messages that had been sent via the dark web and encrypted chat services over the previous two years to suspected child abusers within Germany. The messages contained documentation of abuse as well as plans to engage in further abuse of children.
Warrants to search his electronic devices were obtained by federal agents and on January 9th 2019, Elconin was arrested.
Elconin was said to have advertised his services online including one add which read, “I know how important it is as a parent to know that your children are safe when you’re not around. That would be my top priority.”
Between August 2016 and November 2018 Elconin was able to convince several families and friends in Santa Monica and Van Nuys to trust him with the care of their children. He then used his position and access to abuse those children and record the abuse with his cell phone.