07 Feb Largo PD Arrests Two on Child Pornography Charges
LARGO – Largo police have released information about two recent arrests involving numerous counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of distribution of child pornography.
Members of the Investigative Services Division, assisted by the department’s Problem Oriented Police unit, arrested Alexander Kyle McCuen, 30, of Largo after serving a search warrant at his home Jan. 10. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and charged with eight counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of distribution of child pornography. Bail was set at $560,000.
Police say McCuen recently “made the mistake of moving” into Largo Police Department’s jurisdiction. Within 30 days, the department’s peer-to-peer detection software led to the discovery that McCuen was downloading and distributing child pornography, police said.
After the search warrant was served at his home, McCuen reportedly confessed to the crime during an interview. Police say additional charges are pending a forensic review of the suspect’s computer.
During the search of McCuen’s home, police say they discovered a “disturbing” item – a small safe in McCuen’s bedroom that contained use and unused children’s clothing.
The second arrest came as the result of a cyber-tip through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about an email registered to a Largo man with a Dropbox account containing illicit images.
After receiving information from subpoenas, Largo police identified the owner of the email account as 28-year-old Cameron Alistair MacDonald. Police located MacDonald at his workplace Jan. 5 where they interviewed him.
Police say MacDonald admitted to using cloud storage to stash files of child pornography, as well as sharing Dropbox links of child pornography to other users of Kik software. He reportedly told detectives that he had viewed at least 1,000 images of child pornography over the last six to eight years.
Police say during a forensic exam, additional videos and files of child pornography were found on MacDonald’s cellphone. The forensic exam also revealed thousands of images and videos of local girls playing volleyball and pictures from their social media sites.
MacDonald was booked into the Pinellas County Jail where he was charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography. Bail was set at $1 million. He also was charged with one count of distribution of child pornography. Bail was set at $10,000.