Local News
4:45 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Seven Charged With Child Exploitation in KSP Sweep

In what’s being called the largest investigation ever conducted by the Electronic Crime Branch of the Kentucky State Police, seven suspects are now under arrest on child exploitation charges.

State troopers and detectives from seven posts served search warrants covering central and eastern Kentucky. Seven suspects were arrested and charged with possession and distribution of matter portraying the sexual performance of a minor.

KSP spokesman Michael Webb says the scope of the investigation is not surprising.

“This is an issue that is in all states, all cities, and across society because of the prevalence of technology,” he said. Given the number of handheld devices that give children access to the internet, Webb says parents must be especially watchful.

He saysyoung people must be reminded all text messages can be widely distributed, they need to set strict privacy settings on social networks, and parents should keep home computers in public places.