The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

April 3, 2014

Man already served most of his jail sentence

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

JACKSON TOWNSHIP — A Jackson Township man who admitted having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl and possessing child pornographic images on his computer soon will be getting out of jail, his credit time accounting for most of his jail sentence.

Travis J. Cook, 22, of 1719 Springfield Church Road, pleaded guilty in December to statutory sexual assault, possession of 28 images of child pornography, indecent assault and criminal use of a computer.

He was sentenced March 28 to 9 to 23 months in jail with 240 days’ credit, followed by 3 years’ probation.

The Sexual Offenders Assessment Board evaluated Cook and recommended that he is not a sexually violent predator. Being named a predator would have increased his reporting and counseling requirements under sexual offender guidelines.

On March 15, 2014, Google reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a gmail user had uploaded suspected child pornography 12 days earlier, according to the state attorney general’s office.

A detective with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, who is assigned to the High Tech Crime Task Force, viewed the images, then obtained a court order that led to identifying the Internet provider address of the user as someone at Cook’s home, police said.

The detective turned over the information to the attorney general’s office, which searched Cook’s home Aug. 1.

The girl, now 16, told agents she had been having sex with Cook for a while. She gave birth to Cook’s child in April 2013, police said.