Kevin Alan Lewis, a civilian formerly residing on Ft. Campbell, Kentucky military base, was sentenced to 25 years in prison, followed by a life sentence of supervised release by Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, in U.S. District Court on November 19, 2015, for the offense of production of the sexually-explicit image of a minor, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.
“Protecting the young and most vulnerable of our community is a priority of the Department of Justice and my office,” stated U.S. Attorney Kuhn. “The 25 year sentence is a just outcome as there is no parole in the federal system.”
According to the plea agreement filed July 21, 2015, Lewis admitted that on or about March 10, 2014, he persuaded and used an 11-year old male to photograph his (the minor’s) genitals, and then transmit that image to Lewis through the Internet, a facility of interstate commerce, with an electronic device. In addition, the photographic image was produced using materials that had been mailed, shipped, or transported in interstate or foreign commerce. The persuasion and use of the minor to produce the explicit image occurred on the Fort Campbell, Kentucky military base. According to three of five charges in a Superseding Indictment which were dismissed, Lewis was a registered sex offender in Christian County, Kentucky based on a 2003 conviction for Child Molestation in Georgia.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David Sparks and Marisa Ford, and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the United States Army Campbell Criminal Investigation Detachment (CID) at Fort Campbell.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”