Former youth director indicted on child porn charges

ATLANTA -- Norcross resident Kevin Hickey, a former youth director, was recently indicted on federal child pornography charges.

In June, the 39-year-old Hickey -- then the director of parish outreach for Life Teen International in Atlanta -- was identified by federal agents as "an individual with a sexual interest in children." Using the online screen name of "funguyatl177," he allegedly transmitted to undercover agents a video showing two "prepubescent males" engaged in sodomy with an adult male. He also distributed "photographs of children he took surreptitiously in public places."

Homeland Security Investigations agents then raided Hickey's Norcross home, reportedly discovering "thousands of images of child exploitation" on various electronic devices.

"HSI is particularly vigorous in pursuing these kinds of cases because our experience has shown that, in many instances, those who collect and distribute child pornography are also hands-on offenders," Brock D. Nicholson, special agent in charge for HSI's Atlanta office, said in a statement.

Hickey has been detained and was indicted last week on separate charges of distribution and possession of child pornography. Conviction on the former offense carries a sentence of five to 20 years in prison; a conviction on the latter carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.