BROOKSVILLE — Former Brooksville Mayor and retired federal law enforcement officer Kevin Hohn, 65, has been arrested and charged by federal criminal complaint with possession and distribution of images depicting the sexual abuse of children.

On Feb. 19, investigators searched Hohn’s residence in Brooksville where an internet protocol address associated with Hohn’s computer was discovered to be distributing images and videos depicting child pornography, according to authorties. Hohn was found at home in his office at a computer connected to an external hard drive, which upon inspection revealed more than 100 images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, reports state. Further examination of the images assessed that some of these images were taken inside of Hohn’s home.

The Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Middle District of Florida reports that, if convicted, Hohn will face a minimum mandatory penalty of five years, and up to 20 years, in federal prison, and a potential life term of supervised release.

“A criminal complaint is only an allegation and every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” the DOJ website states. “This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin C. Favorit.”

The Department of Justice launched Project Safe Childhood in 2006 as a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.