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Youth mentor charged with production of child pornography

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Police say McMillan was arrested while allegedly on his way to engage in sexual activity with a minor. Police say McMillan was arrested while allegedly on his way to engage in sexual activity with a minor.
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A youth organizer and teen mentor from Corpus Christi has been arrested, and charged in a federal criminal complaint for alleged sexual exploitation of a child, otherwise known as production of child pornography.

Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez confirmed via press release that Kevin McMillan, 37, or Corpus Christi was taken into custody Wednesday night while he was allegedly traveling to engage in sexual activity with a minor.

McMillan is the founder of Texas Youth Entrepreneurs, as confirmed on the organization's website, and official Facebook page. His group, Texas Youth Entrepreneurs, is a nonprofit organization that claims to mentor young future business owners.

He was also a temporary employee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend but resigned in December of 2016 according to a press release from the organization. The Boys & Girls Club submitted a news release that included the following statement, "Mr. McMillan resigned his position in December of 2016, after only 2 months of employment and he has no affiliation with our Clubs. At this time, we have no reason to believe that the alleged incident involved any Club members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend, nor occurred at any of our Club facilities."

The charges, as reported in a press release on Thursday, allege that McMillan had been sending sexually-explicit text messages via cellphone to a juvenile female. According to information in the complaint, McMillan reportedly also engaged in sexual activity with the teen girl which was photographed via cellphone.

An arrest affidavit regarding the case from U.S. District Court, investigators stated that Corpus Christi Police Officers were contacted by the parents of the alleged victim, a 13-year-old female residing in Corpus Christi. The parents allegedly contacted police to report that their daughter had been receiving inappropriate text messages from McMillan.

Officers were presented with the teen's cellphone by her parents and were shown the text messages reportedly sent by McMillan. The affidavit further states that another female was identified as a recipient of similar messages. Following further investigation, police obtained an arrest warrant for McMillan, locating him in Corpus Christi prior to an alleged meeting with one of the girls. He was then taken into custody.

A copy of the affidavit is attached at the bottom of this article.

If convicted, he faces a minimum of 15 and up to 30 years in federal prison as well as a possible $250,000 fine.

The investigation was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, the project marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. More information is available on their website here.

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This story has been updated to include the affidavit and to add details regarding McMillan's temporary employment with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend.

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