Buies Creek, N.C. — An elementary education student at Campbell University was arrested late last month by Pennsylvania authorities who accused the 21-year-old student of obtaining a sexually explicit photo of a 12-year-old boy.
Kevin Patrick Barron, of Horsham, Pennsylvania, was charged with two counts of corruption of a minor, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele. A news release from the DA’s office said Barron is an elementary education major at Campbell and is a student teacher at a local elementary school.
Authorities said Barron worked as a referee at boy’s basketball games in Pennsylvania, and he reached out to the victim on Snapchat and Instagram following a game in December.
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“The conversations began about basketball and the boy’s performance,” authorities said. “Over time, they turned sexual in nature, culminating in the request for a sexually explicit photo from the boy.”
The mother of the 12-year-old boy went to the Hatboro, Pennsylvania, police at the end of January with her son’s cell phone to report that her son was having sexually explicit conversations with someone.
Authorities said they identified the person as Barron.
“Someone looking to prey on children often uses the internet and various cell phone applications to contact children and groom them for future encounters,” Steele said in a statement. “Like this mother, parents must be vigilant when it comes to their children’s cell phone use and periodically look at what’s happening with it, who the child is communicating with and what’s being said.”
Barron was arraigned last week and released with a condition of having “no contact with minors except as required for classes at Campbell University and such contact be supervised by a staff member at all times,” according to authorities.
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