Grand Jury Indicts Two Odessa Men on Similar Charges

Grand Jury Indicts Two Odessa Men on Similar Charges

 by Kim Powell

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The federal grand jury was busy Wednesday indicting two different Odessa men who are accused of having child pornography. One is a father of three young girls, and the other is an Odessa Police recruit.

23-year-old Mitchell Dailey was arrested in July for sending pictures of his penis to a 15-year-old girl.

Both were involved in the Odessa Police Department's (OPD) Police Athletic League (PAL), which is a six-week long summer camp. The program involves direct contact between officers and youth to promote trust while they all participate in sports and other recreational activities.

Dailey was originally charged with sending obscene photos to a minor, but on Wednesday, the recruit learned he will be facing additional charges. A federal grand jury indicted him for attempting to produce child pornography by asking a minor to send nude pictures of herself, and since the young girl complied, Dailey is also charged with receipt of child pornography.

Dailey has since resigned from OPD, and if convicted, he will not be able to become an officer.

Meanwhile, a father of three young girls also faced the grand jury Wednesday.

29-year-old Travis Denny has been hit with two more charges; one for advertisement of child pornography, and another for distributing it. According to the indictment, Denny had put up a notice and advertisement to take part in producing child pornography.

Denny was arrested earlier this month after the Department of Homeland Security found six photos of child pornography on his computer. In the criminal complaint, investigators say one of the images shows a five to six year old girl naked and a man seen raping her. Neighbors who knew Denny said he seemed like a good father, and that they were shocked to hear the news.

Both child predators are facing a minimum of 15 years in prison. Stick with NewsWest 9 as the cases move forward.