SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A 32-year-old Summerville man was sentenced in federal court to 25 years in prison for his role in an international child pornography distribution ring.
Shaun Kuykendall was sentenced in Indianapolis after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute and receive child pornography, conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children and distribution of child pornography.
Kuykendall was a former member of the military and registered sex offender who was arrested in 2008 by agents with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
Kuykendall's arrest was part of a federal sting, dubbed "Operation Bulldog." According to federal prosecutors, Kuykendall was part of a child pornography ring that spread across the U.S. and Europe that distributed explicit images of children online.
In 2008, Kuykendall was charged with second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor as part of the Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Kuykendall was accused of distributing, transporting, exhibiting, receiving, selling, purchasing, exchanging or soliciting child pornography.
According to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, at the time of Kuykendall arrest in 2008, he was a registered sex offender who was charged in 2001 for possession of child pornography, child sexual abuse and possession and distribution of minors engaged in sex.
The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office and the Summerville Police Department assisted with the 2008 investigation that allowed agents to seize a computer and computer-related materials thought to be involved in the crime.