Former Brooksville mayor Kevin Hohn was arrested Friday after Homeland Security officers found more than 100 images of child pornography on his computer, according to the U.S. State Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.
The arrest was made after a search of Hohn’s home, according to investigators. In addition to the images, the search revealed that Hohn, 65, secretly captured pornographic images of children in his own home, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
Hohn has been charged with possession and distribution of images depicting the sexual abuse of children, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. The charge carries a minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison if Hohn is convicted.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrest, according to the release.
Federal investigators were first alerted to Hohn’s activity when they said an IP address tied to his home was linked to distributing pornographic images and videos of children in September and again in December, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Hohn was elected to the Brooksville City Council in 2011. The council chose him to be mayor in 2014, after which he did not seek another term on the council. He ran for a county commission seat in Hernando County last year but lost. He also is a former special agent with the U.S. Treasury Department.
An online biography for Hohn said he moved to Brooksville with his wife in 2006 and worked with children as a coach for the “First Tee of Brooksville” — an after-school program that teaches students how to play golf.
No information was released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office about whether Hohn was in custody Saturday or if a bail amount had been set. Messages left at multiple phone numbers listed for him were not returned.