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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Former Youth Organizer Sent to Prison for Production of Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A former teen mentor and founder of a nonprofit youth organization has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of sexual exploitation of a child, otherwise known as production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Kevin Ray McMillan, 38, of Corpus Christi, was a former teen mentor with the Boys and Girls Club of Corpus Christi and founder of Texas Youth Entrepreneurs - a nonprofit youth organization that mentors aspiring young future business owners. He pleaded guilty Oct. 16, 2017.

Today, U.S. District Judge Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey handed McMillan a 240-month sentence. Additional information was also presented today, including testimony from the victim and her parents who described the impact the crime had to the victim and her family. In handing down the sentence, the court noted that this type of crime destroys families. McMillan was further ordered to pay $18,066 in restitution to the victim and will serve 10 years of supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the Internet. He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

In May 2017, authorities learned McMillan had been sending sexually-explicit text messages via cellular telephone to a juvenile female. The investigation led to the discovery that McMillan had engaged in sexual activity with the young girl, which was photographed via cellular telephone. He was taken into custody as he was traveling to engage in sexual activity with a minor.

McMillan was arrested on federal charges in May 2017 and has been in custody since that time where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Corpus Christi Police Department - Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugo R. Martinez is prosecuting the case, which 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, 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.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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Updated February 20, 2018