By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 12, 2016
LIVE OAK, Fla. -- An former Live Oak police sergeant was indicted Friday.
The grand jury charged Kyle Kirby with production, attempted production and possession of child porn.
Kirby was arrested last October, and was first indicted in November. On Friday, the grand jury superseded that. He now faces up to 30 years behind bars for each charge.
Kirby's arraignment is set for later in March.
News Release: Dept. of Justice
November 10, 2015
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Kyle Adam Kirby (age 35, Live Oak) with possession of child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison, and a potential life term of supervised release. Kirby was arrested on October 28, 2015, at the Live Oak Police Department. His trial is scheduled to begin on January 4, 2016; Kirby is being detained pending trial.
According to court documents, FBI agents and other law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at Kirby’s residence as the result of an online child pornography investigation. That same morning, the Live Oak police chief authorized the agents to inspect and search the computer located inside Kirby’s patrol car. A forensic examination of the patrol car computer used by Kirby revealed that it contained at least 87 thumbnail images in a “Downloads” folder that either depicted minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including one involving a toddler, or that had titles indicative of child pornography. In addition, the Internet browser history on the computer contained search terms commonly used by individuals who search for child pornography online.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
It is another case 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 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.justice.gov/psc.
Updated by: Natalie Rubino
Updated October 28, 2015 - 6pm
LIVE OAK, Fla. -- It's a somber day at the Live Oak Police Station after Chief Buddy Williams assists in an FBI investigation. It lead to an arrest of one of his department's own.
"I've went from being devastated to angry as hell to just disbelief," Chief Williams said.
The FBI alleges Sergeant Kyle Kirby viewed images and videos of children performing sexual acts.
He's a 12 year veteran of LOPD. Locals are shocked.
"It's just hard to explain to your kids. It's hard to explain even to other adults," Thomas Willingham said.
Chief Williams found out about the investigation last week.
He suspended Kirby after the FBI searched his home, Thursday.
Williams says he's surprised by Kirby's reaction when he was arrested Wednesday morning.
"[He was] kind of unemotional. Almost in a blank state," Chief Williams said.
Chief Williams says his department is deeply involved and invested in the Live Oak community. He says he's hoping that this one incident won't break the public's trust.
"I hope this is something that will get past us as soon as we can because as I've said we love this town we love this community and we got great men and women who work here."
Kirby was fired from the force following his arrest. He has two children.
Kirby was arraigned in a Jacksonville federal court. If convicted he faces five to ten years in prison. A bail hearing is set for Friday.
By: Natalie Rubino
October 28, 2015
LIVE OAK, FL -- A Live Oak police officer is facing child pornography charges.
Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams says Sgt. Kyle Kirby was arrested this morning by the FBI on child pornography charges.
Kirby has been with the department in Live Oak since September of 2002.
The FBI searched Kirby's home under a warrant on Thursday. Kirby was suspended last week and fired today after his arrest, according to Williams.
Williams said the department fully cooperated with the investigation.
Kirby was taken directly to federal detention in Jacksonville.
CBS affiliate WJAX reports that Kirby made his first appearance before a judge at 3 p.m. Wednesday and was appointed a public defender.
Kirby is being charged with possession of child pornography and possession of a computer showing children engaging in sex acts.
If convicted, he faces 5 to 10 years in prison and must register as a sex offender.
Kirby's next hearing is set for Friday at 11:30 a.m.