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(NECN: Josh Brogadir, Hyannis, Mass.) - The Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline report which tipped them to the upload of child porn to a website.
Authorities on the Cape took it from there.
Police say Kevin McNicol, of Hyannis, preyed on the innocent and the young, engaging girls between ages 10 and 15 in web chats, persuading them to pose nude and perform sexual acts.
And that's not all.
"He would basically give them instructions and unbeknownst to them he had recording software on his computer that was recording this and he would save that to his hard drive," said Detective Kevin Connolly of the Barnstable Police Dept.
It's part of a nine-month long investigation by the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and police in Barnstable.
McNicol's laptop was seized from the Redwood Lane Extension home in Hyannis where he rents an apartment.
And then, according to investigators, two months later, the 23-year-old unemployed landscaper contacted one of the girls online and tried to entice her to take more pictures of herself.
Detective Connolly said video chat rooms are easy to find, and, for kids, that can make them dangerous. Even though most require you to be 18, there is nothing to monitor that.
And so predators lure them in.
"They're not the 60- or 70-year-old person that 12-year-olds aren't going to talk to, they're the 20-something year old average-looking person that is going to listen to them and they're going to build up trust and they're going to feel comfortable enough to start doing these things with them," Det. Connolly added.
Monday night, McNicol was arrested at a North Weymouth home.
A man identifying himself as McNicol's grandfather did not have much to say.
"I don't know anything about it," he said.
We asked if anybody said anything to him about his grandson being arrested.
"Nope. I don't know anything about it. Ok, sorry," he said before closing the door.
McNicol was arraigned today where bail was set at $5000.
He remains in jail under several other stipulations, which police would not detail for us.
Detective Connolly also would not say if these young girls are local, how many victims there are, telling us "they've been through enough."