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A 66-year-old former Florida mayor and tax agent was sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined $30,000 for producing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the state’s judicial district announced.
U.S. District Judge, Charlene Edwards Honeywell, also ordered Kevin Hohn, a former mayor of the City of Brooksville and a retired agent with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to pay penalties in restitution to his victims totaling $26,000.
According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Hohn, who pleaded guilty last November to the charges against him, must serve five years of supervised release upon completion of his sentence, and also register as a sex offender.
As stated by the court documents for the case, in September and December 2020, investigators identified a certain Internet Protocol (IP) address that had distributed images and a video showing children being sexually abused. The IP address used to distribute these materials was traced to Hohn’s residence in Brooksville (west-central Florida)
On February 19, 2021, investigators executed a search warrant at Hohn’s residence and found him sitting in his office at a computer that was connected to an external hard drive. An examination of the external hard drive revealed more than 100 images depicting child sexual abuse.
The investigators also discovered 40 videos and several hundred images of children who had been covertly recorded inside Hohn’s home. The children were unaware that Hohn was recording them as they were dressing and undressing, getting out of the shower, and engaging in other innocent activities.
Hohn created screen captures of videos showing naked children and details of child genitalia.
This case was presented as part of the Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the proliferation of child abuse and sexual exploitation.