Hardin County man sentenced for child exploitation, threats

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Thomas Frazier Caso/Hardin County Detention Center

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 53-year-old Hardin County man has been sentenced for a variety of charges stemming from a child sex investigation.

According to the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit, Thomas Frazier Caso was investigated after he participated in an online conversation seeking sex with a minor. Caso was indicted and pleaded guilty in Shelby County Circuit Court to unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sex, a Class D felony; and persistent felony offender second degree, a Class D felony.

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Following Caso’s indictment for child exploitation charges, he threatened prosecutors in Shelby County. As a result, he was indicted and pleaded guilty in Shelby County Circuit Court to intimidating a participant in the legal process, a Class D felony; terroristic threatening third degree, a Class A misdemeanor; and harassing communications, a Class B misdemeanor, the AG’s office said.

During the execution of a warrant for his arrest related to the two cases, Caso fled on foot from officers who were trying apprehend him. During the pursuit, Caso pepper sprayed law enforcement. He was subsequently charged and pleaded guilty in Hardin County Circuit Court to assault in the third degree, a Class D felony; and fleeing and/or evading police in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

SPU worked with Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young on a plea offer for the three cases requiring Caso to register as a sex offender for 20 years and serve seven years in prison. The cases in Shelby County were prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Rewa Zakharia.