Georgetown man faces dozens of child exploitation charges

Phillip Abel/Scott County Detention Center

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 35-year-old Scott County man was arrested Friday on dozens of child exploitation charges.

According to the state attorney general’s office, Phillip Christopher Abel, of Georgetown, was charged with 100 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor (Class D Felony) and 30 counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance under 16 years of age (Class B Felony).

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Cyber Crimes detectives, including investigator Mike Littrell, began an investigation of Abel after they became aware of an online request to receive images and videos depicting sexual performances by a minor, the attorney general’s office said in a release.

The request came from an IP address traced back to Abel’s residence, according to the attorney general’s office. When investigators searched the residence, detectives located hundreds of similar images and videos, including images Abel allegedly produced of a family member who is a minor, the state said.

The Criminal Investigations Section and the Patrol Division of the Georgetown Police Department assisted during the investigation and arrest.

“The Georgetown Police Department was happy to assist the Attorney General’s Office today with executing this search warrant,” said Captain Josh Nash. “We are dedicated to protecting the citizens of Georgetown and the state of Kentucky, especially our youth, when it comes to these types of crimes.”

The Attorney General’s Digital Forensics Lab will continue to analyze digital devices seized from Abel’s residence, and the investigation remains ongoing.  Additional charges may be forthcoming.