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Federal jury convicts Savannah man on child porn charges

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A 33-year-old Savannah man has been convicted of transporting a minor with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and child pornography charges. 

Officials say Steve Lavon Biggins, 33, was convicted Tuesday by a federal jury after a 2-day trial for transporting a minor with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, production of child pornography, and transportation of child pornography. 

According to the United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Georgia, evidence presented during the trial revealed that Biggins, a 33-year-old truck driver posing as a man in his twenties named "Rodney," engaged in text and telephone communications with a girl under the age of 16 with whom he initiated contact through the mobile application "Tagged.com."  After developing an in-person relationship with the victim without the knowledge of the girl's parents, in July 2013, Biggins took the child on short trips that spanned seven days, and included travel to South Carolina, Tennessee, and North Carolina, before returning to Georgia.  While on the trip he engaged in sexual conduct that violated the laws of each state he entered, and photographed it. Upon his return trip through Millen, Biggins was stopped and immediately arrested by law enforcement officers where he has remained in custody ever since. A sentencing date will be scheduled following completion of an investigation and report. 

Biggins faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison (and a maximum of life), for the Transportation of a Minor charge; 15 to 30 years on the Production of Child Pornography charge; and 5 to 20 years on the Transportation of Child Pornography charge. Each charge also carries a fine of up to $250,000, and between 5 years and life of supervised release.  

The arrest in this case was accomplished through the combined efforts of Millen Police Department, Jenkins County Sheriff's Office, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  

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