Winter Springs Man Sentenced to More Than 21 Years for Attempted Production and Distribution of Child Pornography
ORLANDO, FL—U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron yesterday sentenced Kevin Reynolds (40, Winter Springs) to 21 years, 10 months in federal prison for attempted production of child pornography and distribution of child pornography. He was also ordered to serve a life term of supervision, upon his release from prison. Reynolds pleaded guilty on June 5, 2014.
According to court documents and the evidence presented at sentencing, a federal search warrant was executed at Reynolds’ residence on November 1, 2013. Reynolds was in the process of downloading child pornography as agents entered his residence. An on-site preview of Reynolds’ computer confirmed that he had child pornography on his computer. Reynolds was arrested that day and had his initial appearance on November 4, 2013. Based on an examination of evidence seized in the case, Reynolds was identified as a member of an online bulletin board that advertised and promoted the sexual exploitation of children. Using a screen name, Reynolds posted items of child pornography to the bulletin board. In his other posts, Reynolds expressed his sexual interest in girls between 6 to 10 years of age and his desire to “meet some pedomoms.” Reynolds offered to financially assist any interested family with their daughter’s expenses. On several occasions, Reynolds used his e-mail account in an attempt to arrange to have sex with children. Reynolds indicated that he was willing to pay to be able to victimize a child, and even posted an advertisement on Craigslist in which he stated that he was looking for a “Single mom that needs some support.” In the advertisement, he stated, “Send photos . . . we can go from there.”
In addition to attempting to have sex with children, Reynolds attempted to produce child pornography. From February 2013 to April 2013, Reynolds exchanged e-mails with an individual located in Russia, in which Reynolds agreed to pay for child pornography to be made for him. As part of those efforts, Reynolds selected the child victim to be used, and sent $500 by Western Union to the individual in Russia. On another occasion, Reynolds communicated with a different individual about producing child pornography involving that individual’s niece. Reynolds wanted to know if “there are any limits on what you can get her to do” and offered to pay for the child pornography to be produced.
During an interview with FBI agents, Reynolds admitted that he was involved in trading images and videos of child pornography. Reynolds told agents that he had destroyed a hard drive filled with images and videos of child pornography two weeks prior to the search warrant being executed because he was afraid of being caught. Despite those efforts, a search of Reynolds’ computers and hard drive revealed that he was in possession of hundreds of images of child pornography.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.
This is another 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.