Interpol tip leads to arrest in child porn case

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Shaun Dickson, of Louisville, arrested 11-1-17 on child porn charges after attorney general's office received tip from Interpol

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Cyber Crimes Unit Wednesday announced a 22-year-old Louisville man was arrested for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.

Shaun D. Dickson was arrested by Beshear’s office and charged with three counts of possession of matter depicting a sexual performance by a minor, and one count of distribution of matter depicting a sexual performance by a minor; all Class D felonies.

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According to DCI, the three-month investigation began with a tip from Athens, Greece Police, through Interpol, to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) regarding alleged sexually explicit conversations and images being requested from and sent to a minor by a resident of Louisville.

The investigation revealed that Dickson had allegedly been communicating with the minor via Skype and sending sexually explicit images.

Based on that information, Beshear’s cyber investigators along with HSI executed a search warrant of Dickson’s Louisville residence.

Investigators seized a device allegedly used to facilitate the communications, which is pending examination. The investigation is ongoing with additional arrests and charges possible.

“The Internet is becoming an increasingly dangerous place for our children,” Beshear said. “Computers, cellphones, tablets and game apps can be the conduit for sexual predators to communicate with and quite possibly harm our children. Because an international law enforcement agency reached out to HSI about this alleged activity, my office was able to stop it and protect a minor in another country.”

Interpol, the International Crime Police Organization, is an organization facilitating international police cooperation.

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