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Former youth pastor arrested in child porn case

ATLANTA -- A leader with Life Teen International was arrested on charges of distributing and possessing child pornography, a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Kevin Hickey, 39, of Norcross, was formerly employed as the director of parish outreach for the Atlanta organization.

"This defendant collected child pornography at the same time he was entrusted to protect, counsel, and serve children, which reinforces how essential it is that we uncover and prosecute individuals who pose such a great threat to our community," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

"The terms 'child predator' and 'person in a position of trust' should never refer to the same individual," said Brock. D. Nicholson, special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Atlanta. "While anyone downloading and distributing child pornography is a target for HSI special agents, those who might have access to children will receive our immediate attention. HSI is doing everything in its power to prevent the victimization of innocent children in our society."

According to Yates and information presented in court, Hickey was arrested after engaging in an online chat monitored by federal agents. The press release said Hickey used the online screen name "funguyat177," when he said he was watching "perving vids" and offered to share child pornography. On June 3, Hickey sent a video showing two prepubescent males being sodomized by an adult male, the release said. During the online conversation, Hickey can be heard gratifying himself sexually, and he displayed photographs of children he took surreptitiously in public places, the release said.

An investigation by Homeland Security Investigations agents lead to Hickey, the release said, adding that thousands of images of child exploitation were discovered on Hickey's electronic devices.

Hickey was arrested last week and made his first appearance in federal court on June 7. On Friday, June 14, 2013, United States Magistrate Judge Russell G. Vineyard held a detention hearing and Hickey was detained without bond, the release said.xw

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Gundoctor1 10 months, 1 week ago

What is it with these guys??? Obviously the penalty is not severe enough. Let's get a judge with some guts and make examples out of a few of these predators that are potentially going to harm our children and not let them out of prison for many, many years... This man, like the others, is of course innocent until proven guilty, but it doesn't sound too good.

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