KSP sees continuous rise in child porn cases

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) — Hardly a day goes by when we don’t report on someone being arrested for child pornography.

There’s a reason for that. Kentucky State Police say they are seeing a rise in cases. It’s an investigative team of only eight that uses technology to find people sharing child porn.

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A quick search of child pornography on our website and you can see just how many arrests we report on across the state.

Anyone from convicted felons to school principals. Child pornography does not discriminate.

“This kind of evil knows no boundaries and it affects all walks of life,” says KSP Detective Zack Morris.

He works with the KSP Electronic Crime Branch.

All of these child porn arrests, the KSP Electronic Crime Branch has had a major role in.

Morris says in a year alone, he personally works almost a hundred different cases.

“It seems like each year the number of child pornography complaints is going up,” he says.

His reason for that is the internet.

He says people aren’t sharing these images from a particular area. It’s from all over, made easier online.

“We see the same ones circulated. However, we do come across daily images, files whatever it may be of stuff we’ve never seen before,” says Detective Morris.

He says most arrests are made when someone shares child porn.

It isn’t all people in their basements like you might think.

It’s even illegal when a teen consensually sends a nude.

“With today’s digital world all you have to do is click the send button and it’s out there it’s out there forever,” says Morris.

He says as part of his work he has to look at these images.

“To actually see children getting sexually abused and in the most horrific ways, it’s horrible,” says Morris.

He’s a father with young children so it hits him closer to home. But he says someone has to work to identify the kids in the images to try to get them out of a dangerous environment.

“I’m able to help these children. Who’s gonna do it, ya know?”

Detective Morris has found ways of coping, particularly through his faith.

“I pray daily and I ask him to remove those horrible images.”

He takes comfort knowing he has purpose in the pain.

“I like to think I’ve been put in this position to shine a little light where dark prevails,” says Morris.

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