Live Oak police officer arrested for child porn

By Harrison Barrus - Web news editor
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LIVE OAK, Fla. - A Live Oak police sergeant is behind bars Wednesday after he was arrested and charged with the possession of child pornography.

According to the State Attorney's Office, 35-year-old Kyle Adam Kirby was arrested at the Live Oak Police Department after the Live Oak police chief had FBI agents and other law enforcement officers search Kirby's patrol car computer and found 87 thumbnail images that showed children engaging in sexually explicit conduct, or had titles that indicated they were child pornography.

READ: Criminal complaint against Kyle Kirby

The search came as part of an undercover online child pornography investigation that also had officers search Kirby's home on Oct. 22 though they did not recover any computers or images there.

The case was started as part of Project Safe Childhood which is a nationwide initiative started in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat what they call a growing epidemic of child exploitation and abuse.

Aside from the FBI, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement also helped investigate Kirby.

If found guilty Kirby faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and the potential of a lifetime of supervision.

People can find out more information on Project Safe Childhood at their website.
 

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