SUSPECT ARRESTED ON KIDNAPPING CHARGE
Roseburg Police Dept.
Approximately one week ago the Roseburg Police Department investigated a report of a missing teenager from the Roseburg area.
During the subsequent follow up, investigators learned the teenager was previously involved in online contact with a male who was suspected to be from southern California. This online contact was initiated through social media sites.
The male was later identified as 26 year old Travis Smith of Los Angeles, California. Information obtained during the investigation led investigators to believe Smith came to Roseburg to meet the teenager. Over the next two days investigators from the Roseburg Police Department, FBI, and Las Angeles Police Department worked tirelessly to locate Smith. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) also provided assistance in this case.
On Saturday, July 11th, Smith was located in Los Angeles, in the company of the missing teenager. The teenager was taken into protective custody, and Smith was arrested.
On Monday, July 13th, Smith was charged in the United States District Court with the following:
- Enticement of a Minor to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity
- Transportation with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity With a Minor and Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct With a Minor
The U.S. Attorney's Office in the Central District of California is prosecuting this case.