Trucker Indicted

Trucker Indicted

Truman Man Indicted for Transporting a Child for Sexual Purposes and Producing Child Pornography

A federal indictment was unsealed today alleging an over-the-road trucker from the small southern Minnesota town of Truman has been taking a child on interstate trucking trips for the purpose of having sexual relations with the child and producing pornography involving the child. The indictment, which was filed on June 15, 2010, in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, charges Kenneth Leon Wilcox, age 43, with five counts of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and five counts of production of child pornography.

The indictment alleges that Wilcox transported the child for the purpose of illegal sexual activity, with those incidents purportedly occurring in Wisconsin on October 20, 2007; West Virginia on December 2, 2007; Virginia on February 4, 2008; Maryland on March 11, 2008; and Ohio on March 30, 2008. In addition, on those same dates, Wilcox allegedly induced and coerced the child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of that conduct. The indictment states that those depictions were made with an eight-millimeter video recorder.

If convicted, Wilcox faces a potential maximum penalty of life in federal prison on each count of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and 30 years in prison on each count of production of child pornography. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Truman Police Department, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, the Fairmont Police Department, the Jackson Police Department, the Cedar Rapids Police Department (Iowa), and the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office (Iowa). It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly A. Svendsen.

This case allegedly involves the trafficking of a human being. In fiscal year 2007, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, working with the various U.S. Attorneys around the country, initiated 183 investigations, charged 89 defendants in 32 cases, and obtained 103 human trafficking convictions. Between 2001 and 2007, 318 defendants were charged with violating statutes under the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which was enacted in 2000.


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