Child pornography suspect’s link to Indiana teenage murders unclear
MIAMI COUNTY, Indiana (WXIN) – Indiana State Police released information as part of their investigation into the Delphi murders on Tuesday night, calling on the public for advice on someone linked to a social network account, but the connection of the account to the case remains unclear.
The ISP requested information on a social media profile with the name “anthony_shots”, claiming only that it was used on Snapchat and Instagram to contact young women to solicit nude photos. The profile used images of a male model who presented himself as wealthy. The account, in addition to soliciting photos, also attempted to obtain addresses and arrange meetings, police said.
The profile was active in 2016 and 2017. State Police provided no obvious link between the “anthony_shots” account and the Delphi case, only claiming that the male model whose image was used was not a person of interest.
But it appears someone linked to that account has been in custody in a case Indiana State Police were already investigating. On February 25, 2017, FAI and FBI investigators executed a search warrant linked to the “anthony_shots” account. Their investigation landed them in Miami County, according to court documents that were heavily redacted.
They eventually found a man identified as Kegan Anthony Kline, who is currently 27 years old. Kline told police he used social media accounts to talk to underage girls, contacting both people he knew and people he didn’t know. He told police he would find girls on Instagram and then ask them to speak to him on Snapchat.
According to Kline, he has exchanged messages with more than a dozen underage girls and received pictures of them. Kline said he has around 100 photos of underage girls of a sexual nature, in addition to around 20 sexually explicit videos.
As part of the investigation, authorities seized numerous electronic devices, including an Apple iPhone 4, Apple iPhone 3, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4, a Nextbook tablet and an iPad Touch. They also reviewed an iPhone 5c that Kline later returned.
Police found videos and photos showing underage girls posing nude / partially nude or engaging in sexual acts. Some of the files were saved to electronic devices while others were shared in a Dropbox account.
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Investigators also retrieved full and partial transcripts of online discussions via services such as Kik and Facebook Messenger; Kline often used a pseudonym “emilyanne45” for some of the exchanges, according to redacted court documents.
The iPhone 5c, the device Kline later turned over to the police, has seen much of its data deleted, court documents show. The web browser history on the Safari app had also been cleared, although investigators were able to retrieve some information.
“… The user of Apple’s iPhone 5c removed several items from the phone before handing it over to law enforcement,” the probable cause affidavit said. Police executed the search warrant on February 25, while Kline did not return the phone until February 27.
A digital forensic report showed the user uninstalled and deleted several apps, including MeetMe, Snapchat, and Instagram. In an interview, Kline admitted to using the apps to chat with underage girls.
“The evidence in these apps was destroyed when the user deleted it from the device before turning it into law enforcement,” according to court documents.
A Samsung Galaxy S5 was factory reset on February 23, 2017. Investigators recovered chat messages referring to “dating in Las Vegas and prostitution,” according to court documents.
In August 2020, Kline was charged with 30 felonies, including possession of child pornography, exploitation of children, obstruction of justice, solicitation of children and synthetic identity deception, court records show in line.
Court documents in the Kline case are heavily redacted, with information such as internet search history and transcripts of discussions in black. There appears to be no mention of the Delphi murders nor any information linking Kline to the case.
Abby Williams and Libby German were found dead on February 14, 2017. Indiana State Police and the FBI executed a search warrant in the Kline case on February 25, 2017, more than a week longer late.
“Anyone who has been contacted, met or knows anything about the ‘anthony_shots’ profile is encouraged to contact law enforcement,” Indiana State Police said in a statement on Monday. evening.