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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Arkansas

Thursday, February 5, 2015

TSA Employee Indicted On Child Pornography Charges


LITTLE ROCK –A Transportation Security Administration employee has been indicted on child pornography charges. Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced that Raymond Kinney, age 54, of Jacksonville, a Transportation Security Inspector for the TSA, was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 4, 2015, on one count of distribution of child pornography.

Kinney was arrested on Wednesday, January 28, when he drove to meet two minors with whom he planned to have sex, according to online chats that were recovered from his account. A search incident to arrest revealed that Kinney had brought sex toys and children’s clothing with him.

According to the criminal complaint, this investigation began in January 2015, when undercover officers were monitoring a social networking site and encountered an individual seeking a minor for sexual contact. Through further conversations, this individual sent several pictures and videos of child pornography over the internet. They ultimately arranged a meeting at a motel, and when Raymond Kinney arrived, officers arrested him.

The indictment alleges that on or about January 27, 2015, Kinney knowingly distributed child pornography. If convicted, Kinney faces at least five but not more than twenty years of imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations with substantial assistance from local task force officers. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Allison W. Bragg and Kristin Bryant.

The charges set forth in an Indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Updated July 15, 2015