Sex offender charged with 2 felonies

Published 11:52 pm Friday, September 28, 2018

An Albert Lea high-risk predatory offender who allegedly exchanged sexual text and video messages with a 15-year-old girl and threatened to send her images to other people over the internet was charged with two felonies Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

Travis Kyle Mayer

Travis Kyle Mayer, 30, is charged with one count of engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child and one count of distributing via electronic communication material that relates to or describes sexual conduct with a child.

Court documents state Mayer was charged after an Albert Lea detective spoke with an Albany, Oregon, police officer Aug. 23 regarding a child pornography case involving a 15-year-old girl.

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Earlier that month, the Albany officer spoke to the girl’s mother, who said her daughter told her someone going by the name of “Tyler Cole” — later identified as Mayer — on the internet had gotten mad at her and was threatening to send nude photographs of her “to everyone on the internet,” court documents state.

The two allegedly met on the online application ChatGum in early April.

Court documents state sexually explicit videos from Mayer were found on the girl’s phone. 

The girl allegedly told Mayer she was 15 immediately after they started talking. She said Mayer was originally hesitant but later said he was 18.

Mayer allegedly used the name “Tyler Cole” in a fake Facebook profile and had a picture of a male sitting with two small children.

Mayer is classified as a Level 3 offender, an offender with the highest likelihood of reoffending.

Judge Ross Leuning set conditional bail at $75,000 Thursday.

As of Friday morning, Mayer was in custody.


See what happened last night in the PM report here.

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