A 33-year-old Davenport man is in federal custody on child pornography charges.
Kevin Dean Green is charged with one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possession child pornography.
Green was arrested Tuesday and had his first appearance on the charges Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Davenport.
Green was implicated as having child pornography based upon an FBI investigation into a Florida man who is a registered child sex offender.
According to the criminal complaint filed by a local special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on June 29, an undercover agent in the Washington, D.C., FBI field office identified a user of the Kik instant messaging app as “kidluvrl” during undercover activity as a trader and possessor of child pornography as well as a possible contact offender.
During the conversation with the undercover agent “kidluvrl” discussed sexually assaulting his 3-year-old child and sent the undercover agent an image of him exposing himself near the child. The person using the kidluvrl handle turned out to be a man named Thomas Edward Abney, a registered child sex offender who resided in Leesburg, Florida. Agents with the FBI field office in Jacksonville, Florida, served a search warrant at Abney’s residence on June 29. Abney was arrested and the child victim was saved from further abuse by Abney.
A review of Abney’s Samsung Galaxy Note 5 cell phone revealed that he had chatted on Kik with a person using the handle “havingsomefun67.” During their chats, Abney and “havingsomefun67” had explicit discussions that included “havingsomefun67” obtaining child pornography from Abney and his desire to produce child pornography with his own children.
The text of the chats indicated that Abney and “havingsomefun67” already had exchanged child pornography.
The FBI submitted an administrative subpoena for the Kik account belonging to “havingsomefun67.” The display name for the account submitted by Kik was “tina levi” and the email address of email@example.com.
The internet provider addresses provided by Kik for “havingsomefun67” were assigned to CenturyLink. On July 7, the FBI submitted an administrative subpoena to CenturyLink for the internet provider address. Through that internet provider information the FBI was able to track down Green to a home in Davenport he shares with his girlfriend.
On Green’s cell phone agents discovered about 370 images of child pornography. The majority of the images appeared to be screen shots from websites Green visited off of which the FBI was able to capture the names and uniform resource locators, or web addresses, of 37 different websites. Some of the websites were located by FBI investigators.
A detention hearing for Green is scheduled for Monday in U.S. District Court, Davenport.
The FBI has not yet indicated how far the investigation has spread nationally from when they arrested Thomas Abney.