19-year-old charged with child sexual exploitation offenses

Kody Wayne Mullins/Laurel County Detention Center

KEAVY, Ky. (WTVQ) The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Kody Wayne Mullins, 19, on charges related to child sexual abuse material.

Mullins, whose address is listed in jail records as 377 E. Highway 552 in Laurel County, was arrested Thursday as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect directing a juvenile to send him sexually explicit images of her online, troopers said in a release.

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The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Keavy on January 21, 2021. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination, according to the KSP.

The investigation is ongoing.

Mullins is charged with three counts of possessing matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance, one count of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor (Class-D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison), and one count of promoting a minor under the age of 16 in a sexual performance (Class-B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison).

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than 26 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administrated by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations.