Flash Flood Watch expires at 6:00 PM on 8/31, issued at 8:24 PM Annville, KY | Artemus, KY | Athol, KY | Barbourville, KY

Lexington Police: Young Children Part Of Internet Crime Problem

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 3/14 7:45 pm

Lexington Police set up the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force because of the disturbing number of cases about child abuse and child pornography in Fayette County.

After six weeks, they found that the problem involves children as young as elementary school students not as the victims, but as the suspects.

Officers set up the task force in late January. They are now calling the first six weeks “Phase One” and plan to continue this work with a “Phase Two.”

Investigators said they were able to shut down some of the most serious sex crimes in Lexington.

They made 13 arrests where nine were adult males and four were juveniles.

“There were certain points in the investigation where we learned that victims of elementary school and folks that were suspects were elementary aged children,” Commander Greg Jones said.

Officers said they don’t think the children know that it’s a crime to send a nude photo of themselves or to have nude photos on their phones.

To prevent this from happening, police said it starts at home.

        - Monitor use of cell phone and devices.

        - Permit Internet access in common areas.

        - Know child’s passwords on electronics.

        - Keep line of communication open.


For more resources, officers recommend these sites:

            Lexington Division of Police www.lexingtonky.gov

            Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) http://pcaky.org

            Kids First http://www.kidsfirstky.net/

Share
Most Popular
Fiery Crash Closes Stretch Of I-75 In Laurel County
A section of I-75 north of Corbin was closed for a time Friday evening following a fiery crash involving a Fed-Ex tractor trailer, according to State Police. Investigators said the driver had minor injuries.
Harlan ER doctor suspended by Kentucky board
A Knoxville, Tennessee, doctor practicing at Harlan Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital has had his license suspended by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.
Police: Man Breaks Into Home To Take Shower
A man is accused of breaking into a Lexington home just to take a hot shower.
Kentucky suspends doctor over staff prescriptions
A doctor practicing at Harlan ARH Hospital has been suspended by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure after receiving an anonymous tip he was prescribing diet pills to the nursing staff.
One Dead, One Seriously Injured In Overnight Crash
The driver of a car was seriously injured and his passenger was killed in an accident early Saturday morning.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
   

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.