A Live Oak police sergeant is facing federal charges for child pornography.
The FBI arrested Sgt. Kyle Kirby around 9 a.m. today and took him directly to its detention facility in Jacksonville after it searched his home last week for child pornography.
Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams said he first became aware last Thursday when the FBI met with him at the police department to serve the search warrant.
“That’s when the bomb was dropped,” Williams said.
Agents went through Kirby’s home after he was called into Williams’s office.
The LOPD cooperated but was not involved in the investigation in any capacity, Williams said.
The department turned in one work laptop issued to Kirby to the FBI.
Kirby was suspended on the day of the search.
His first appearance in front of a judge is set for 3 p.m. today, at which time the details of the investigation will become unsealed.
Kirby is well-known in the community and worked frequently with youth, particularly as an athletics coach, Williams said. He has a wife and children, around the ages of 12 and 15, the chief added.
There will be further investigation by the FBI about his involvement with local youth, Williams said.
“It’s something that we all, right now, are just really having a hard time processing,” Williams said. “The only way to face something like this is head-on.”
Kirby was hired at the LOPD in September 2002.
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Live Oak Police Department Sgt. Kyle Kirby was arrested by the FBI today for child pornography, LOPD Chief Buddy Williams confirmed in a press conference that is currently underway at LOPD.
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