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Ex-Florida police sergeant guilty of child pornography charges

Kyle Adam Kirby, 37, used hidden camera to film children in bathroom


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A federal jury convicted a former Live Oak police sergeant who secretly filmed children using the restroom and kept dozens of images of child pornography on his patrol car computer, the Justice Department said Friday.

Jurors found Kyle Adam Kirby, 37, guilty of producing, attempting to produce, possessing and accessing child pornography, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Kirby, who has been in custody since his arrest Oct. 28, 2015, at the Live Oak Police Department, faces up to 120 years in federal prison. A sentencing hearing has not yet been set.

The statement said a search of Kirby's patrol car computer Oct. 22, 2015, turned up images showing young children involved in sex acts. The sergeant had been using that computer to download and store child pornography since December 2014.

Agents also found images of nude children on an office computer Kirby used at the police department. Using a hidden camera, he filmed unsuspecting children using three different bathrooms and downloaded the resulting images onto his desktop.

Prosecutors said Kirby tried unsuccessfully to cover his tracks by deleting images from his office computer, but agents were able to locate and recover folders named for several of his victims.

In a statement, Live Oak Police Chief Alton "Buddy" Williams called Kirby's actions a betrayal. "I realize that mistakes happen, but this was no mistake it was a choice, a choice that has impacted not only his agency, but his trusted friends, family and community."

Kirby's arrest and conviction resulted from an online child exploitation investigation. The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide campaign launched in May 2006 by the Justice Department to crack down on child abuse.