Hyannis man sentenced in child pornography case

Kevin McNicol sentenced to 15 years
Kevin McNicol. BPD booking photo.

Thursday a Hyannis man was sentenced to 15 years in Boston Federal Court on child pornography charges.  According to a release from the Cape Cod Computer Crime Unit (CCCCU), 24-year-old Kevin McNicol of Hyannis will serve 15 years followed by seven years of supervised probation.

McNicol's sentencing is the result of a nearly two-year multi-agency investigation that led to his arrest in February. In September, he pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography.

Nineteen months ago the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) received an anonymous tip that led to McNicol. An investigation conducted by Barnstable police, Massachusetts State Police, the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office and the United States Postal Inspection Service resulted in the seizure of a laptop computer owned by McNicol.

Several images and videos of nude, underaged, posed females were recovered from the laptop.  Police believe these images and videos to have been created during webcam chats between McNicol and the girls.

Authorities identified and interviewed several of the girls who appeared in the videos and photos, according to CCCCU.  One of the girls told investigators that McNicol had contacted her for more webcam interaction two months after this laptop had been seized.

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