U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. announced that Kevin Theil, 54, of Corning, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and 10 years supervised release by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer.
Theil was convicted of possession of child pornography,
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, between 2013 and December 16, 2016, the Theil possessed more than 300 images of child pornography on a laptop. Theil received the images over the internet. Some of the images depicted prepubescent minors and violence.
They say that in November, 2016, the Ithaca Police Department was alerted by a witness that she knew a man from Corning who had a sexual interest in children. The witness told officers that Theil showed her naked images of young girls, approximately seven or eight years old, on his iPad.
In addition, they say they witness stated that Theil admitted to her that he had previously sexually abused his niece on multiple occasions when she was approximately 14 years old. The witness further stated that on another occasion, Theil asked her to facilitate a sexual encounter with a minor female.
On December 15, 2016, search warrants were executed at the defendant’s residence in Corning and at Theil’s lake house in Hammondsport. Following the searches, a forensic examination of the defendant’s computer revealed 367 images of child pornography on Theil’s laptop.