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September 17, 2021
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Man sentenced to state prison for possessing child pornography

July 23, 2021

Defendant Kevin McCoy, 54-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced by the Honorable Diane Northway to serve 3 years and 4 months in state prison following his May 2021 pleas of “no contest” to two charges of possession of child pornography. 

 District Attorney Jill Ravitch stated, “Unfortunately, child pornography has become a multi-billion-dollar industry worldwide. While some have argued that possession of child pornography is a “victimless” crime, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Every time someone observes child pornography it re-victimizes the child.” 

The investigation into McCoy began in September 2020 with a cyber-tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC had flagged an image McCoy uploaded as child pornography. McCoy’s email address and information were sent to Santa Rosa Police Department who investigated the cyber-tip. During the investigation, officers uncovered several photographs depicting child pornography and one video of suspected child pornography that were linked to McCoy’s email. Officers also learned that this was not the first time McCoy had possessed such images, and that McCoy had been convicted of similar charges in April 2019. 

Due to the nature of the charges, McCoy will be required to register as a sex offender for life. 

The case was investigated by the Santa Rosa Police Department and handled by Deputy District Attorney Leslie Butori.