McCreary Co. man charged with child sexual exploitation offenses

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PINE KNOT, Ky. (WTVQ) — The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch says 43-year-old Grover C. Manning was arrested just before 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday on charges related to possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

Manning was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering Manning sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.

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The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a home in Pine Knot, during which equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination.

Manning is currently charged with 13 counts of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Each charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.

He was taken in the Leslie County Detention Center.