Man charged with sending nude photos to minor
Travis L. Johnson, 32, of Gainesville was scheduled for a criminal setting Tuesday in a case in which he is charged with the class E felony of promotion of obscenity in the first degree.
The charging documents indicate that Johnson is alleged to “have promoted obscenity to a... minor by offering and providing pornographic material in the form of images of the male genitalia in a state of sexual arousal or stimulation.”
Johnson was arrested on a $25,000 cash-only bond when the charge was first filed on June 28; however, during a bond-reduction hearing before Associate Judge Raymond Gross on July 9, Johnson was released on his own recognizance with supervision by Court Probationary Services. In addition to regular conditions of an OR bond with supervision, online documents indicate that Gross ordered Johnson to have “no internet activities, no use of/access to social media - including without limitation Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter.”
He also wrote, “If you get a phone or computer, you shall report it to bond supervision.”
According to the probable cause statement in the case prepared by Ozark County Sheriff’s Deputy Seth Miller, officers were made aware June 25 of a Facebook post concerning Johnson’s online interaction, including sending lewd photographs to a 17-year-old female.
Miller spoke with the girl, who reportedly told the officer that Johnson began messaging her June 4, asking her to send him “sexy photographs.”
The girl reportedly replied that she did not have any such photographs. The girl said Johnson persisted and said it would “be their secret.”
Johnson then reportedly sent several photographs of himself, clothed and smiling. The girl responded with similar photos. Then, the girl said, she received a photo of Johnson’s genitalia with the caption, “Do you love it, baby?”
The girl said she was uncomfortable and replied, “That escalated quickly.”
Further conversation between the girl and Johnson continued, with him sending a second photograph of his genitalia with the caption “Love it, baby.”
Johnson again asked for photos of the girl. The girl asked Johnson to hold three fingers up to his face to confirm that it was him sending the photos. He sent a photo back of his face with three fingers held up.
Miller told the Times that although several girls have indicated they have also received inappropriate photos from Johnson, many have been reluctant to fill out the needed statements that would cause him to be charged with additional counts. Although Miller’s documentation on the probable cause statement does not name any other females, a paragraph concluding the statement indicates that Johnson had sent photos to several women and underage girls. “Due to the overwhelming amount of messages that Mr. Johnson has sent to females of age and underage along with several reports of harassment to females under the age of eighteen, I am requesting a warrant,” Miller wrote.
Results of Tuesday’s court appearance were not available at press time.