Beshear: TN man sentenced to 3 years, lifetime sex offender for seeking sex with minor

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FRANKFORT, KY. (WTVQ)- Attorney General Andy Beshear says a Tennessee man who attempted to have sex with a minor and who actively traded child sex images across the country was sentenced to three years in state prison and designated a lifetime sex offender.

Beshear says 24-year-old Bradley Richmond, of Bell Buckle, Tennessee, was sentenced Jan. 4 in Franklin Circuit Court for child sex offenses investigated by Beshear’s Cyber Crimes Unit in May of 2018.

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Richmond pleaded guilty to 15 felonies including three counts of the unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth of Kentucky to induce a minor to engage a sexual or other prohibited activity, and 12 counts of the distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

According to cyber investigators, Richmond originally met an undercover detective posing on the internet as an adult with access to children. Upon being told the undercover detective had children, Richmond requested to engage the children in sex.

His communication with the detective went on for several weeks. During this time, he also sent numerous child sex abuse images over the internet along with stating he had been engaging his own minor relatives in sex, according to Beshear’s office.

Beshear said cyber investigators contacted Tennessee authorities about the investigation and offered victim services.

Cyber investigators said Richmond was actively trading sex abuse images across the country over the mobile app KiK messenger and the Dropbox cloud storage site.

Beshear said Richmond was eventually located with the assistance of several state, federal, and local law enforcement agencies after searching for him for nearly a month.

As part of his plea deal, Richmond will also be a part of a post-incarceration supervision program for sex offenders for five years.

To help keep children safe online, the office has collaborated with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky to offer statewide trainings.

Beshear said the trainings offer a free Internet Safety Toolkit, which he said every Kentuckian could access online to obtain information that can protect children from cyber bullying to online predators.

Report any instance of child abuse to local law enforcement or to Kentucky’s Child Abuse hotline at 877-597-2331 or 877-KYSAFE1.