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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bradenton Man Arrested For Child Pornography Offenses

Tampa, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the arrest of Kevin Brian Darr (50, Bradenton) for transportation, receipt, and possession of child pornography.  If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

According to the criminal complaint, an undercover law enforcement officer observed multiple child pornography files that had been posted to an Internet messaging application by Darr.  On June 25, 2015, a search warrant was executed at Darr’s residence and agents seized his cell phone. More than 100 videos depicting child pornography were found on the phone.

A criminal complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless,  and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Bradenton Police Department.  It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Peresie.

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 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.justice.gov/psc.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 25, 2015