A Jacksonville man was arrested Monday for possessing child pornography.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce unit, followed up on a cybertip that was reported by Google to the National Center for Missing Exploited Children.
Google reported several files of child pornography that came across their Google Photos service by user Kristopher Kenney of Jasmine Lane, Jacksonville, NC. Investigation into the matter showed that Kristopher possessed numerous images of child pornography stored on his Google Drive account.
Google detects and tags abusive images, also incorporates encrypted fingerprints into a cross-industry database. This enables law enforcement, charities and organizations to be able to better collaborate detection and removal of these kinds of images, as well as take action against any person involved with production, viewing or redistributing.
Here are some examples of common violations on Google & Google Play that flag the system with illegal activity:
- Promoting sexually explicit content that is user generated. This includes implementing paid features that encourage sharing of objectionable content.
- Apps with user generated content (also referred to as UGC) that does not have safe guards against bullying, threats or harassment especially towards minors.
- Posts, comments or photographs within an app that are used primarily with the intent to harass, individually attack another person by means of abuse, malice or to ridicule.
Here are examples of what Google Play & Google consider common violations of illegal activities:
- Facilitating purchases, sales or distribution of illegal drugs to include prescription drugs without a prescription.
- The depiction and encouragement of use and/or sale of drugs, alcohol or tobacco use by minors.
- Instruction on manufacturing, agricultural assistance or instruction (growing/harvesting) of illegal drugs.
Child sexual abuse imagery is illegal.
At Google we work with child protection experts to find, remove and report this material because we never want it to appear anywhere on our products, including search results.
To report child sexual abuse content or to find help for a child in the US, please contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Per a 2013 report from Google, NCMEC (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) received 17.3 million images and videos of suspected child sexual abuse in 2011. That statistic is four times more than four years prior in 2007.
NCMEC’s database shows that over 18.4M cyber-tips were made in 2018.
Sexual exploitation is a serious problem that is worldwide. Google has worked in the fight against child exploitation since 2006 when joining with the Technology Coalition and other industry companies to cultivate solutions through technology with hardware and software development. Not only has Google worked towards fighting sexual exploitation but also has worked in combination with organizations to locate missing children.
On Monday, July 29, 2019, Kristopher Kenney was arrested by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and charged with the following:
- (2) Counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
- (2) Counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
He was transported to the Onslow County Detention Center under a $200,000 secured bond.
This investigation is ongoing and further charges are expected.
The NCDPS database shows Kristopher Kenney to have prior convictions in 2002 for a hit and run, speeding, and operating a vehicle without license. No other prior convictions or relevant charges listed for this state at this time.
If you suspect online child abuse or possession of child pornography and/or exploitation, you can contact NCMEC’s Cybertipline.
Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019007689 when calling.
Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.