Caledonia man sentenced to 60 days’ jail, 5 years’ probation in child porn case

(ABC 6 News) – A former Rochester resident was sentenced to 60 days in jail and 5 years on probation after pleading guilty to three of five child pornography charges in Olmsted County.

Kevin James Hammell, now of Caledonia, was granted credit for 2 days served previously.

Hammell, 58, was further ordered to work 100 hours of community service in the next year, with credit for time spent in sex offender programming.

He must also register as a predatory offender, avoid unsupervised contact with minors and vulnerable adult women, and was ordered to advice his children of the offense and that he may not be alone with grandchildren.


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(ABC 6 News) – A former Rochester resident entered a guilty plea to three of five child pornography charges in Olmsted County Court.

Kevin James Hammell, 58, wrote in his plea agreement that he had knowingly possessed child pornography in November of 2022.

Rochester police received a search warrant for Hammell’s address and searched his home in March of 2023, after which he was charged with one count of possessing child pornography–child under 13.

The criminal complaint was later amended to include four additional charges, following a search of Hammell’s electronic devices.

His plea hearing is scheduled for July 11.


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(ABC 6 News) – A former Rochester resident appeared in Olmsted County Court Tuesday on one charge of possessing child pornography–child under 13.

Kevin James Hammell, 58, was accused in early March 2023 after the Rochester Police Department received a cybertip from Adobe Reader about a subscriber who allegedly had suspected child sexual abuse material (CSAM), or child pornography.

According to court records, Adobe claimed that Kevin Hammell, who lived in SW Rochester, was the subscriber in question.

RPD executed a search warrant in late March and allegedly located a USB drive with multiple images of CSAM involving female children.

Police also noted that Hammell used a Tor browser on his computer, which can be used to assign different IP addresses upon each use, making it difficult to locate a user accessing illegal materials.

Court documents indicate that while Hammell resided in Olmsted County when he was charged, he recently moved to Caledonia in Houston County.

His next appearance is scheduled for June 2022.