BUFFALO – A former city resident and former general manager of a local junior hockey team has been arrested on child pornography charges.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Buffalo says 32-year-old Travis Sanders was arrested in Texas following a criminal complaint that he allegedly received and distributed child pornography while living in Western New York.
The case was brought to the attention of the department of Homeland Security by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Child Exploitation Center.
Canadian authorities claim an individual with the username “Damion Forsberg” was using Skype and regularly shared pornography that sometimes included children. An investigation revealed the individual to allegedly be Sanders and that he was living in Jamestown when the sharing allegedly took place. Authorities seized a laptop and cellphone allegedly belonging to Sanders and say they found images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
According to the Post-Journal, Sanders is the former general manager and assistant coach of the Southern Tier Xpress junior hockey team in Jamestown. He left Jamestown in July to take a similar job with a team in Teaxas.
Sanders was arrested in Texas and will be extradited to Western New York at a later date to face prosecution.
The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years and a $250,000 fine.