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Washburn Man Sentenced to Life in Prison

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A Washburn man charged with sexual exploitation of minors gets sentenced to life in prison.

Travis Lee Guenthner is sentenced in federal court today after sexually assaulting and engaging in the production of porn with children.

The 38-year-old is sentenced to life in prison for coercion and enticement-- involving sexual exploitation of minors.

Prosecutors say Guenthner lured many victims online-- posing as a professional photographer or a female modeling agent.

Guenthner addressed the courtroom, explaining that he frequented the social media site tagged.com where he targeted young females by their age and location.

Guenthner says he searched for children on the site as young as 13 years old.

Once Guenthner obtained sexually explicit photos-- often with the promise of money-- he would threaten to expose the victims to family, pastors, and college presidents.

Guenthner's attorney recommended he serve his sentence in a Tucson facility with a Sex Offender Management Program.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said the number of life sentences he's handed out in his life he can count on his hand-- and are typically drug related.

But-- going through Guenthner's personal computer files kept him thinking of all the trauma Guenthner caused the girls and their families.

Guenthner has 14 days to appeal.

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