KSP: Lawrence Co. man charged with child sexual exploitation

LOUISA, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lawrence County man was arrested and charged with child sexual exploitation offenses, according to Kentucky State Police.

On Thursday, KSP’s Electronic Crime Branch arrested James M. Combs, age 65, on charges related to distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Combs was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation.

The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect distributed files of child sexual exploitation online.

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Louisa.

Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

Combs was charged with five counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and 10 counts of possessing/viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Each charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.

Combs was booked in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

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