Unique fingerprint analysis leads to guilty plea in sex abuse case

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FORT THOMAS, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police are crediting a rarely used fingerprint analysis technique for netting a guilty plea in a sex abuse case out of Campbell County.

Troopers say they began an investigation in January of 2016, after a young girl reported that her stepfather had sexually assaulted her, and had taken photographs of the assaults.

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A search warrant recovered the suspect’s cell phone, and other electronic items, on which investigators found several images of what the victim had reported.  None of the photos had pictures of the suspect’s face, however, police say some of the photos showed his hands in great detail.

That’s when a detective brought the images to the KSP lab in Frankfort, where a fingerprint analyst isolated the fingerprints shown in the photos.

After collecting palm prints and additional details of the suspect, officers were able to identify him as the person in the photographs.

The suspect pled guilty to the charges on April 28, 2017 and was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

KSP says that there have only been three instances in the U.S. where the techniques in the case were used.