Columbus, GA men had videos of children performing sex acts

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Two Columbus men arrested for possessing child sex abuse photos and videos have made their first court appearances.

Kevin Perry, 38, and Christopher Hovey, 32, appeared in Muscogee County Municipal Court virtually on Wednesday morning after being arrested and charged last week.

Perry, who faces two child sexual abuse charges, appeared first.

GBI agent Kristen Aller testified that she received a tip about child sexual exploitation material stored in a Google account believed to belong to Perry.

The account’s three videos showed multiple sex acts, including those involving two boys and an animal, Aller said.

When law enforcement issued a search warrant at his home, Perry confirmed that a cell phone number and email addresses linked to the Google account belonged to him, Aller said.

Investigators found additional child sexual abuse material on a laptop computer in Perry’s possession during the search. Perry told law enforcement he had never seen the material before. He later said he got the videos from a Telegram social media account or another social media app, Aller said.

Hovey, who faces six charges of possession or control of any material depicting a minor in sexually explicit behavior, appeared in court about half an hour after Perry.

GBI agent Jackie Gittins said he received a tip about a Kik instant messaging account which had uploaded 34 child sexual abuse images and videos. Personal information linked to the account led investigators to Hovey.

While completing a search warrant, investigators discovered child sexual abuse on a Motorola cell phone in Hovey’s possession. The majority of the material involved an unidentified adult male and children, Gittins said. According to Muscogee County Court Records, Hovey pleaded guilty to pedophilia in 2007.

Judge Steven D. Smith set Hovey’s bail at $6,000 and Perry’s at $5,000.

The cases were related to the Superior Court.

Nick Wooten is the Accountability/Investigative Reporter for the Ledger-Enquirer, where he is responsible for covering several topics, including Georgian politics. His work may also appear in the Macon Telegraph. Nick received the 2021 Emerging Journalist Award from the Georgia Press Association for his coverage of the election, COVID-19, and Columbus’ LGBTQ+ community. Prior to joining McClatchy, he worked for The (Shreveport La.) Times covering city government and investigations. He graduated from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

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