Friday, February 19 federal investigators executed a search warrant at the Brooksville residence of the former mayor 65-year-old Kevin Hohn.
Hohn served on the Brooksville City council in 2011 and served as mayor in 2014.
Hohn had served with the Internal Revenue Service as a Special Agent in the Criminal Investigation division. According to the Hernando Sun, he described his time with the IRS by saying he "worked major financial investigations involving Organized Crime, Public Corruption, International Money Laundering and Counter-terrorism. I was promoted up through the ranks to Senior Management. After my retirement in 2005, I spent two years conducting Counter-Terrorism assessments overseas for the State Department and the intelligence community."
The statement posted to the Department of Justice Project Safe Childhood's website indicates that the investigation was launched after investigators noticed that an IP address was distributing images and video depicting child pornography between September and December 2020.
Further tracing of the IP address led them to Hohn's residence. During the search, investigators found more than 100 images "deputing minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Within these images, investigators discovered images of apparent child pornography that had been covertly recorded inside the home."
Assistant United States Attorney Erin C. Favorit is prosecuting this case, made possible by the investigative work of Homeland Security Investigations and the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.