From the Yarmouth Police Department (verbatim)
LEVEL 3 SEX OFFENDER AND RAPIST KEVIN F. CAHOON SENTENCED
On Wednesday, February 20, 2019 former Yarmouth resident Kevin F. Cahoon, age 56, pled guilty to two counts of Statutory Rape of a Child and received a five to seven year State Prison sentence at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River.
Cahoon is also subject to a Sexually Dangerous Person Civil Commitment Hearing which would detain him at a secure state hospital after his sentence for further treatment.
This ended a 3 1/2 year investigation into multiple offenses he committed in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Initially, Cahoon was accused of a sexual assault on an intellectually and developmentally delayed 38-year-old person in Yarmouth during the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays of 2015 who was subsequently determined that she could not successfully testify due to her intellectual and cognitive disabilities.
During his arrest for this crime, Cahoon attacked and injured Yarmouth Police Officers and fired one of the two marine flare guns the he possessed at the Police Officers when they overcame his attack and took him in to custody.
As a result of Cahoon’ s arrest, two people with ties to the New Bedford area, saw a media release as well as a TV news story that contained Cahoon’ s photograph. One young person recognized Cahoon as the man who had dated their mother between 1985 through 1990. While dating the mother, he sexually assaulted and raped the child numerous times.
The victim’s friend, who now resides in another state, was contacted by this new victim and was shown the news story. This person also recognized Cahoon as the man who sexually assaulted and raped this victim.
Some of these rapes occurred simultaneously while both victims were approximately age 11 or 12.
Fortunately, these young survivors contacted the Yarmouth Police Department about their allegations.
Yarmouth Police Department lead Sexual Assault investigator Detective Michael Zontini traveled to the Bristol County area to interview one victim while reaching out by phone to the other. An additional investigation was launched by Detective Zontini and during this investigation the Detective contacted and worked together with the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office investigators to complete the case.
After Cahoon’ s five to seven year sentence, he will be subject to Civil Commitment based on the findings of the Sexually Dangerous Person hearing. This additional commitment could be anywhere from one day to life in a secured treatment facility.
If Cahoon is to be released, he is then ordered to 10 years’ probation with GPS monitoring and geo-fencing.
It is also of note that Cahoon had previously served a 20 year state prison sentence plus additional civil commitment time for the Rape of a Child in 1991, which was after the Bristol County area rapes occurred.
Cahoon is registered Level 3 Sex Offender with ties to Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts.
The Yarmouth Police Department highly commends the survivors of these violent crimes for coming forward. Their courage is exemplary.
In addition, we commend Yarmouth Police Detective Michael Zontini, and the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office Special Victims Unit for their commitment to this investigation and successful prosecution.