Neighbors Shocked by Father's Child Porn Charges

Neighbors Shocked by Father's Child Porn Charges

 by Kim Powell

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - A nice, quiet neighborhood just four blocks away from an elementary school, is now shaken by the news that a father of three young girls is now behind bars facing child porn charges.

The Department of Homeland Security found six photos of child pornography that were being traded on an email account belonging to 29-year-old Travis Denny. In the criminal complaint, investigators say one of the images shows a five to six year old naked and a man seen raping her.

On August 15th, agents executed a search warrant at Denny's house on the 9200 block of Lamar Avenue in Odessa. Documents say that upon entry into the residence, law enforcement located Denny sleeping in bed with his four-year-old, something he says he does not normally do.

Neighbors are shocked that anything like this could happen in this picture perfect neighborhood, especially with so many kids nearby.

"We go on walks nightly with our dogs and everyone is really friendly, but I guess you never know what goes on behind doors," neighbor Michae Merryman, said.

"Wow, that's scary because our kids just kind of run around here," another neighbor, Holly Stout said.

One neighbor, who did not want her face shown, says she couldn't believe the disturbing news.

"I've always felt safe because we live so close to an elementary school, but it never occurred to me to watch out in our neighborhood."

Neighbors also say that Denny seemed like a good father and never would have suspected him of this.

"I never saw it, I never would have thought that. He's always outside playing with them, he's always very friendly," one neighbor said.

"His little girl came down and played with my son and the other little kids in the neighborhood, he came down and seemed real friendly," Merryman said. "But now I know this, it's just terrible, very scary, and I feel terrible for his kids."

Denny will be in court on August 21st for a bond hearing.