Youth Organizer Convicted of Production of Child Pornography
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A teen mentor and founder of a nonprofit youth organization has been convicted of sexual exploitation of a child, otherwise known as production of child pornography, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.
Kevin Ray McMillan, 37, 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. 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.
Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey accepted the guilty plea today and set sentencing for Jan. 22, 2018. At that time, McMillan faces a minimum of 15 and up to 30 years in federal prison and a possible $250,00 maximum fine. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, McMillan also faces a maximum of life on supervised release during which time the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit the use of the Internet.
McMillan was arrested on federal charges in May 2017 and has been in custody since that time where he will remain pending his sentencing hearing.
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."