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A Detroit man charged with child pornography and sex trafficking is headed to trial after a federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss evidence in the case.

Ryon Travis faces up to 30 years in prison in a bizarre criminal case in which police allegedly found a 25-year-old woman chained to a stripper pole with a padlock at the neck in the living room of his home during a search for identity and credit card fraud.

According to federal court documents, during one search of Travis’ home police found three women who he claimed to be his wives along with a cellphone with multiple sexually explicit images involving young children,

A second search, along with those finds, led investigators to charge Travis — a jobless father of seven not in his custody — with producing, transporting and possessing child pornography as well as sex trafficking, court records show.

On Tuesday, Travis appeared before U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman where defense attorney Robert F. Kinney, III argued that Travis’s name never appeared on any search warrants executed at his home in the 16000 block of Tuller on Detroit’s west side.

The search warrant was to search for evidence of fraud related to an identity theft case involving a “significant amount of money over $50,000,” according to court records.

“There was nothing to say Travis was committing identify theft,” Kinney said, telling Friedman the search warrants lacked probable cause and all the evidence collected from it should be suppressed.

During one search officers seized two cellphones on a living room table the women there said belonged to him; when examining one, “police saw images of child pornography.”

Authorities allege some of those images depict a man engaged in a sex act with a “very young” or prepubescent girl lying on a distinctive blue and white sheet seen on a bed at Travis’ house. The child’s face was visible in some pictures but not others.

As a result of the images, Homeland Security officials started investigating.

During a second search conducted in March, authorities found a stripper pole in the living room and a woman — “Adult Victim One” — chained at the neck with a padlock, according to court filings.

Once freed, the 25-year-old told investigators she had lived with Travis and others for two years. He forced her and the women to have sex for money at the house while advertising their services online, officials said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward said on Tuesday that Travis’ address kept showing up in cases of fraud which led investigators to the home.

“Location is more important than people. The address kept showing up,” Woodward said.

Friedman agreed saying the search warrant was valid.

A March 14 trial date was set in the case but both attorneys said plea negotiations would be attempted in the case.

Travis remains in detention.

jchambers@detroitnews.com

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