Harlan Co. man charged with child sexual exploitation offenses

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HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- A Harlan County man was charged with exploiting a child under the age of 16.

According to the Kentucky State Police 26-year-old Steven L. Ryan was arrested after an undercover investigation.

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They say 26-year-old Steven Ryan was communicating and exchanging sexual explicit images with an underage girl.

Ryan is charged with one count of promoting a minor under the age of 16 in a sexual performance in the 1st degree, one count of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor in the 1st degree, and one count of distribution of obscene matter to a minor in the 1st degree, according to investigators.