Cynthiana police officer accused of sending obscene pictures to teen

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (WTVQ) – A police officer is on suspension after being accused of having child pornography and distributing obscene pictures to a minor.

According to an arrest citation, John William Philpot IV, an officer with the Cynthiana Police Department, says he admitted to sending a picture of his penis to a 17-year-old girl and asking for pictures in return.

The citation says Philpot received pictures of the teenager naked in the bathtub through Snapchat.

He is also accused of engaging in sexual talk with the 17-year-old and a 16-year-old girl over Snapchat.

Philpot is charged with possession/viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor involved in sex offenses, and distribution of obscene matter to a minor.

Philpot has been suspended without pay.

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