Fmr. Brooksville Mayor Facing Child Porn Charges, Once Worked for a Company that Markets Software Designed to “Ensure Sex Offender Compliance”

By: Patricia Tolson

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. – As reported Feb. 19 by The Free Press, 65-year-old Kevin Hohn of Brooksville, Florida, was arrested and charged with possession and distribution of images depicting the sexual abuse of children.

The criminal complaint, obtained by TFP, detailed the nature of the images – over 100 photos and some videos of children estimated to between as young as five-years-old — found on Hohn’s computer during the execution of a search warrant.

According to a February 19, 2021 press release issued by the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Middle District of Florida announced that Hohn was “a retired Federal Law Enforcement Officer and Former Mayor of Brooksville.” Hohn most recently lost his challenge for the seat held by Hernando County Commissioner Steve Champion in the 2020 primary election cycle.

In an ironic twist, TFP has discovered that Hohn once worked for a company that developed and markets software used by law enforcement to track sexual offenders.

According to his Linkedin profile, Hohn was involved in “nationwide business development” for Watch Systems, LLC from Aug. 2018 to Nov. 2019. As described by Hohn, the company developed and markets software to law enforcement, which it uses to “ensure sex offender compliance, increase efficiency and reduce IT costs, while helping to protect the public.”

As described by its own Linkedin page, “Watch Systems is a leading technology partner and consultant to law enforcement nationwide.”

65-year-old Kevin Hohn of Brooksville, Florida

“We are the industry innovator in sex offender registration, management and community notification.”

Hohn’s “Activity” shows he “liked” multiple posts for Watch Systems, LLC, particularly related to Mike Cormaci.

 “As President and co-founder of Watch Systems,” reads Cormaci’s profile description on the Offender Watch website,  ”Mike Cormaci is responsible for the overall business strategy, sales objectives, and leadership of the executive team.”

Cormaci confirmed to TFP that Hohn did work for his company. However, Cormaci said “he was actually employed Aug. 13, 2018 and resigned July 12, 2019,” five months earlier than Hohn claims in his profile.

“Kevin reported to me while employed,” Cormaci said. “I knew Kevin while he was employed by another public safety firm.”

Cormaci added that he knew Hohn for a couple of years through business conferences and played golf with him a couple of times in conference tournaments.  That, and the 11 months of employment with his company, was “the extent” of his relationship with Hohn. “I guess that falls under professional relationship,” Cormaci said. 

“I hired him as a sales consultant to local law enforcement,” Cormaci added, but he noted that Hohn “had trouble with the travel and resigned when it became too difficult.”

While Cormaci said he “never had any complaints from employees about him other than ability to travel,” he admitted he “was happy he chose to resign as his performance was not up to others.” 

Cormaci assures TFP that employees of Watch Systems LLC have no access to or knowledge of the sources where sexual offenders would obtain child pornography.

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