LIMESTONE — A local business owner could face up to 50 years in federal prison after prosecutors accused him of threatening a woman into having sex with her own son and recording the acts.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York reported Tuesday that Kevin James Fox, 60, of Limestone, was arrested and charged with production and receipt of child pornography.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Mango, who is handling the case, stated in a press release that according to the complaint, beginning in April, the defendant created multiple online personas and obtained phone numbers using publically available apps.
Prosecutors accuse Fox of using the numbers to send text messages to a woman. The messages allegedly threatened the woman, stating she was in danger from members of organized crime.
With Fox allegedly telling the woman that the only way she could get out of danger was to have sexual contact with her 17‑year‑old son and to photograph the acts, the woman complied June 10 and 21, sending videos and images to Fox.
Fox made an initial appearance before Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr., prosecutors said, and is being detained pending a detention hearing today.
As of press time, no case records were available through the federal Public Access to Court Electronic Records database.
Carrollton Town Supervisor James Stoddard confirmed Tuesday evening that Fox has owned and operated Foxy’s Pet Foods and Supplies at 635 Main St. for several years. Stoddard said FBI agents were at Fox’s residence, which is on the same property as the business, early Saturday to serve the charges.
The charges carry a potential penalty of 15 to 50 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.