An Auburn, Ala., man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to charges he filmed several young girls changing and using the bathroom in his house.
Kevin Darcy Golden, 45, faces at least 15 years behind bars but could be sentenced to up to 30 years for producing child pornography, according to the terms of his plea agreement.
A 16-count indictment had accused Golden of filming himself engaging in sexually explicit conduct with two girls while they were apparently asleep,
“Performing sexual acts on children is one of the most despicable things a person can do,” U.S. Attorney George L. Beck said in a statement. “We will not tolerate it and will work feverishly to stop this horrific conduct.”
Authorities had been led to Golden in February after the Auburn Police Department received a complaint from the father of a young girl allegedly groped by Golden while attending a sleepover at his house. The girl said he came into the guest bedroom after the girls fell asleep watching a movie and stuck his hand down her tank top.
An FBI affidavit says Golden then ran into a closet where he waited a while before leaving the room. A short time later, Golden returned to the girl, who pretended to be asleep, and pulled her bra strap. The girl said she heard what sounded like photographs being taken and pulled the covers over her, causing Golden to flee the room, according to the affidavit.
Before pleading guilty, Golden had sought in an interview with law enforcement to explain away the allegations, saying the girl must have been confused after he went to check on her because he heard her "thrashing around in the bed."
A search of Golden’s residence found a number of videos on his computers depicting young girls changing into bathing suits and using the bathroom. The videos appeared to have been filmed in various rooms using hidden cameras.
“Cases related to the exploitation of children are of the most important investigations we shoulder in the FBI," Steve Richardson, the FBI agent in charge of the Mobile office, said in a statement. “Our ability to investigate and prosecute these activities is enhanced when we work with our local and federal partners.”
Golden's sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 6. before U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson.