Long-Haul Trucker Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Production and Transmission of Child Pornography
On March 26, 2018, a Lake Worth resident was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Kenneth A. Marra to a total of 20 years in federal prison for producing and transmitting child pornography.
Benjamin Greenberg, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Mark Selby, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), and Kelly Harris, Acting Chief, Boynton Beach Police Department (BBPD), made the announcement.
Kevin Scott Mitchell, 62, of Lake Worth, previously pled guilty to one count of production of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2251(a) and (e), and one count of transmission of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2) and (b)(1). Mitchell was subject to a mandatory minimum term of 15 years in prison.
According to the court record, including factual statements made during the plea hearing, beginning in January 2016, Mitchell had sex with a 16 year old minor at a hotel in Boynton Beach. He took photographs and videos during the sexual encounters, when his trucking route brought him to South Florida. In May 2017, the minor reported the sexual abuse to law enforcement when Mitchell threated to release the videos to the victim’s friends and family. When Mitchell later texted the minor, BBPD undercover detectives responded as the victim. Mitchell then sent pornographic images of the minor to the detective. Mitchell was apprehended several days later in upstate New York and found in possession of digital devices containing pornographic videos of the minor.
Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of ICE-HSI and BBPD. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Schiller.