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Green County, KY, man arrested child pornography charges

He's one of seven, statewide, arrested around the state by Kentucky State Police. Columbia KSP Post 15 participated in the operation
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By Tpr. Michael Webb, Public Affairs Branch
Kentcky State Police, Frankfort, KY

FRANKFORT, KY - Kentucky State Police executed 13 search warrants recently in nearly half of all the post locations in the state. The operation was centered around internet related child exploitation investigations and resulted in the arrest of seven individuals on Possession and Distribution of Matter Portraying the Sexual Performance by a Minor.

Among the seven was a Green County, KY, man:
  • Thomas Whitehead, Greensburg, KY, Age: 47, charged with possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 1st offense. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center, Campbellsville, KY
Other arrests during the operation include:

  • Robbie Criswell, Richmond, KY, Age: 42. Distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 1st offense (1 count) Possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 1st offense (1 count), Madison County Jail

  • William R. Helton, Stony Fork, KY, Age: 63. Distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 1st offense (2 counts) Possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 1st offense (2 counts), Harlan County Jail.

  • John M. Phillips, Kenvir, KY. Age: 25. Distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 1st offense (2 counts) Possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 1st offense (2 counts). Harlan County Jail

  • Harold Givens, London, KY. Age: 63. Distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 1st offense (3 counts) Possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 1st offense (3 counts), Laurel County Jail

  • James Baker, Nancy, KY, Age: 40. Distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 1st offense (10 counts) Possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 1st offense (50 counts), Pulaski County Detention Center

  • Jose Garcia, Versailles, KY, Age: 20's. Distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 1st offense (5 counts) Possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, 1st offense (5 counts), Woodford County Jail
Over the last couple of months, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch initiated several investigations into the possession and distribution of images involving child sexual exploitation.

This week, the Electronic Crime Branch, along with troopers and detectives from seven KSP post areas, served search warrants covering nearly half the Commonwealth. The Richmond, Morehead, Pikeville, Harlan, London, Frankfort and Columbia KSP posts all participated in the operation. To date, seven supects have been arrested. Additonal charges are expected upon complete examination of all the evidence obtained during execution of the search warrants.

The KSP Electronic Crime Branch is part the Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, which is made up of dozens of officers throughout the Commonwealth who investigate the crime of child sexual exploitation. KSP administers the task force, one of 61 coordinated programs created nationwide in an effort to combat the growing problem of child sexual exploitation. The task force has officers at every level of law enforcement from local, state and federal departments in Kentucky.

"This operation was successful because of a lot of hard work by some very dedicated officers around the state," said Lt. Shane Bates, commander of the KSP Electronic Crime Branch. "Technology now allows offenders to share pornographic material with people anywhere in the world at any time. The arrests this week provide only a small glimpse into the true nature of the problem we are facing".

"Kentucky ICAC Task Force investigators are committed to making the Internet a safer place for Kentucky's children," Bates said. "Our goal is to locate and arrest someone before they have the opportunity to harm a child."


This story was posted on 2012-12-18 19:24:01
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