KC Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Child Pornography
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today on charges related to sending and receiving child pornography over the Internet.
Kevin Patrick Carson, 35, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Carson to serve the rest of his life on supervised release following incarceration.
On Jan. 5, 2017, Carson pleaded guilty to all four counts of a federal indictment that charges him with two counts of attempting to distribute child pornography over the Internet, one count of receiving child pornography over the Internet and one count of possessing child pornography.
According to court documents, law enforcement officers utilized a peer-to-peer file-sharing network to download movie files and images of child pornography, some of which was particularly graphic, from Carson’s computer on two separate occasions between Feb. 28 and April 3, 2013. Investigators executed a search warrant at Carson’s residence and seized various electronic media.
A forensic examiner found 99 videos of child pornography and 593 images of child pornography. Most of the images depicted child bondage and bestiality, according to court documents. One video depicted a baby being raped by an adult male.
Carson admitted that he engaged as many as six underage females (ages 14 to 17 years old) via social networking sites and enticed them to send sexually explicit photographs to him over the Internet. Carson employed a number of tools to get the images. With at least two of the underage females, he referred to them as his “fiancée.”
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine A. Connelly. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.
Project Safe Childhood
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 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."