Thomas Hazouri, Jr., 40, faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, a $250,000 fine and possibly a life term of supervision. He is charged for sharing child pornography.
According to the criminal complaint, the company that hosts the app notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about one of its users uploading suspected child pornography. The account was registered to Hazouri’s email address, according to US Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez.
The report says that Hazouri used the Kik messaging app under the username “mybfsgaynotme” that was connected to the email “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Investigators found that the account uploaded suspected child abuse videos on March 26. Investigators obtained a search warrant and uncovered dozens of images and videos that depicted child sexual abuse, including images of very young children.
On August 27, officials confirmed that the Kik user of the “mybfsgaynotme” account distributed at least four videos depicting child sex abuse to several other Kik users on March 26, according to the release.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office allegedly traced the IP address to Hazouri’s address in Jacksonville Beach and found out he distributed child pornography and determined he was a second-grade teacher at Mayport Elementary School in Jacksonville.
If convicted, Hazouri faces a minimum of five years in federal prison, with a maximum 20-year sentence. He also faces a $250,000 fine and a potential life term of supervised release.