Transporting a Child

Transporting a Child

Truman Man Pleads Guilty to Transporting a Child for Sexual Purposes and Producing Child Pornography
Earlier today a 44-year-old over-the-road trucker from the small southern Minnesota town of Truman pleaded guilty in federal court in Minneapolis to taking a child on interstate trucking trips for the purpose of having sexual relations with her and producing pornography involving her. Appearing before United States District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis, Kenneth Leon Wilcox pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and one count of production of child pornography. Wilcox was indicted on June 15, 2010.

In his plea agreement, Wilcox admitted that on October 20, 2007, he transported a then 14-year-old girl from Minnesota to Wisconsin and had sexual relations with her in the cab of his semi-truck. Wilcox also admitted that on that same date, he used an eight-millimeter video camera to film the girl engaging in sexually explicit conduct. In addition, Wilcox transported the girl and engaged in similar activities in West Virginia on December 2, 2007; Virginia on February 4, 2008; Maryland on March 11, 2008; and Ohio on March 30, 2008.

For his crimes, Wilcox faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison on the transportation of a minor charge, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. For producing child pornography, Wilcox faces a potential maximum penalty of 30 years, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years. Judge Davis will determine his sentence at a future hearing, yet to be scheduled.

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 U.S. Attorneys Kimberly A. Svendsen and Karen B. Schommer.



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