Convicted child pornographer arrested living near school

Convicted child pornographer arrested living near school

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - Police arrested a registered sex offender Thursday morning after they say they caught him living in a home near a school downloading child pornography.

Poplar Bluff police, along with investigators from the Department of Homeland Security, arrested 39-year-old Kevin M. Sivley at his home in the 600-block of Neoma Street.

The arrest came as officers were serving a search warrant regarding information Sivley was downloading child pornography.

Sivley reportedly tried to run out the back door when officers arrived, but was stopped and arrested.

During an interview with investigators, Sivley reportedly "admitted to downloading and sharing child pornography."

He is currently being held at the Butler County Justice Center on a charge of an offender residing within 1,000 feet of a school. Police plan to request a no-bond warrant "due to the potential danger Mr. Sivley poses to children and the public."

Poplar Bluff police anticipate federal charges involving multiple counts of possession of child pornography.

The report stated Sivley was convicted in federal court in 2004 for possession of child pornography in Alabama.

In 2007, he was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender in Alabama. In 2010 and 2011, while still living in Alabama, he was charged with the same crime.

In 2013, Sivley was arrested in Detroit, MI for a probation violation.

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