On June 12, 2015, PCSO detectives arrested 32-year-old Travis Thompson of 1295 Holloway Road in Auburndale and charged him with Failure to Comply with Sexual Offender Laws. Thompson, who is a registered sexual offender, was identified as using an unregistered email addresses to "chat" with undercover detectives he thought were minors during "Operation L and P," which was conducted by the Lake and Polk County Sheriff's Offices in May 2015.
In 2002, Thompson was sentenced to six years in state prison for Lewd/Lascivious Molestation of a Minor; upon his release, he was registered through FDLE as a sex offender. As part of his registration requirements, per Florida State Statute 943.0435, he must register with FDLE any Internet usernames or email addresses. During the operation, Thompson used an email address not registered with FDLE as required.
On June 12, PCSO deputies responded to Thompson's home and took him into custody without incident for the aforementioned charge. Post-Miranda, he admitted to detectives that he utilized an unregistered email account to communicate with undercover detectives, and sent links to adult pornography, and images of nude adults, to a person whom he believed to be a 14-year-old female. He also admitted to having two unregistered accounts with adult dating websites. He was booked into the Polk County Jail, and released on June 15, 2015, after posting $5,000 bond.
On June 16, 2015, Thompson was re-arrested on a Lake County warrant for the following charges, stemming from his actions during Operation L and P:
- 12 counts Transmission of Material Harmful to Minor
- 3 counts Solicitation of Minor to Commit Lewd Act
- 1 count Use of Computer to Seduce a Child
Thompson has been in the Polk County Jail on four prior occasions, and state prison. He is being held in the Polk County Jail on the Lake County warrant.
"Travis Thompson repeatedly refuses to comply with state directives that are put in place to protect juveniles from predators. Clearly the only way to keep him from preying on children is to keep him in jail or prison." - Sheriff Grady Judd