MAYVILLE - A Cattaraugus man will spend multiple years in state prison for promoting a sexual performance by a child.
Chautauqua County District Attorney David W. Foley announced Tuesday morning that Christopher G. Travis, 31, of 43 Jefferson St., Cattaraugus, was sentenced in Chautauqua County Court by the Hon. Stephen W. Cass to the maximum state prison term of 2 to 7 years for his conviction of promoting a sexual performance by a child less than 17 years of age, a class D felony.
"The plea and sentence send a clear message that we are committed to prosecuting child sexual cases to the fullest extent of the law," reads a press release from the district attorney's office.
"I would like to commend the New York State Police and Investigator Steven F. Dibble for their dedication to investigating this incident and their continued efforts in aiding my office in preparation of the case," Foley said.
The district attorney was pleased to get a plea and state prison sentence.
"It serves justice when one can avoid the necessity and trauma of a trial, get a plea to the charge and have the court deliver a state prison term," Foley said.
In November, New York State Police, including the Troop A Computer Crimes Unit, seized computers and equipment belonging to Travis - then of Villenova - that contained numerous images of child pornography after receiving a search warrant.
At the time, Travis was arraigned in the Town of Hanover Court by Justice Walter Klyczek and remanded to Chautauqua County Jail on $50,000/$100,000 bail.