Newport News man charged with production of child pornography

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Booking photo of Justin Travis Taylor from the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News man was arrested Thursday on charges of producing child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern Virgnia said in a news release 25-year-old Justin Travis Taylor began communicating online via Snapchat and Instagram in May 2018 with two minors.

Upon interviewing one of the minor victims, law enforcement obtained court-authorized search warrants for multiple online accounts registered to Taylor.

Numerous communications were discovered where Taylor threatened to kill himself if one of the minors did not send him the sexually-explicit images he demanded.

Taylor faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison if he is convicted.

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