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Kevin M. Derks of Kenosha Arrested
KENOSHA - In December of 2008, the Wisconsin Department of Justice opened an investigation into Kevin M. Derks following his purchase of a one-month membership into a known child pornography website through PayPal. Subsequent investigation determined that Derks cancelled his Internet service in July of 2008, and told his Internet service provider, CoreComm, that he got rid of his computer and was not going to get another one.
On November 17, 2009, Special Agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force attempted a knock and talk investigation of Derks at his residence. According to the criminal complaint, Derks agreed to be interviewed, but would not allow agents into his apartment. Derks eventually suggested that the interview take place in the basement storage area of his apartment building. During the interview, Derks made admissions about having a PayPal account at one time. He also identified his personal information as captured by PayPal, including e-mail address, name, credit card number, and phone number. After about 7 or 8 minutes of the interview, Derks fainted and fell to the ground. He was advised to stay down, but refused and stood up. He fainted a second time and again fell to the ground, hitting his face on the floor, resulting in bleeding from the forehead. Agents called 911, and Kenosha Fire and Paramedics responded. They transported Derks to the Kenosha Medical Center hospital.
The following day, November 18, Special Agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice obtained a search warrant with the assistance of District Attorney Delgado. The warrant was executed at about 5:30 p.m. Derks was still in the hospital. Several surveillance cameras were set-up in the apartment, which were later learned not to be functional, but used as a deterrent by Derks for possible unwanted visitors, such as apartment maintenance workers.
Following the search, the Special Agents went to Derks' hospital room and told him he was under arrest. According to the criminal complaint, Derks waived his Miranda rights and confessed to obtaining child pornography from the Internet, including making all the DVD's found during the search warrant. He also admitted to using binoculars with a telephoto camera to take hundreds of pictures of females, including underage girls, at beaches in Kenosha. He denied sexual contact with any child; he said he never worked with or hung around children in any capacity.
A preview search of Derks' computer hard drive found hundreds of beach photos, apparently taken on Kenosha beaches along Lake Michigan. Several DVD's are also labeled as having beach photos.
Following the interview, Kenosha Police placed leg irons on Derks in his hospital bed, and placed an officer outside his room. Once he is discharged, Kenosha Police will book him into the Kenosha County Jail on 20 counts of possession of child pornography.
The following items were seized as a result of the search:
Derks was arrested and charged with 20 Counts of Possession of Child Pornography.
Questions concerning this case should be directed to the Kenosha County District Attorney's Office.
A defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.
A copy of the criminal complaint: