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Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 31, 2014

Fort Myers Man Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

 Fort Myers, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the filing of a criminal complaint charging Kevin Charles Kaszynski (48, Fort Myers) with possession of child pornography. If convicted, Kaszynski faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. 

According to the criminal complaint, from on or about April 2009 through June 2012, Kaszynski possessed child pornography. While going through boxes that had been stored in a leased storage unit, Kaszynski’s wife found a computer hard drive among other items belonging to her husband. On August 27, 2013, Kaszynski’s wife accessed the hard drive and opened a file which depicted a prepubescent girl in a sexual pose.  The hard drive was turned over to law enforcement for further investigation. On September 5, 2013, agents obtained a search warrant for the external hard drive. A forensic analysis of the external drive revealed more than 7,000 images and more than 400 videos depicting child pornography.

A criminal complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Fort Myers Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Yolande G. Viacava.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Updated January 26, 2015