Lawrence County man convicted of child pornography charges

ASHLAND, Ky. (WTVQ) A federal jury convicted a Lawrence County, Ky., man Thursday of 11 counts of child pornography, including five counts of production, four counts of receipt, one count of distribution, and one count of possession of a matter containing visual depictions of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The jury convicted 49-year-old Dale Allen Fraley after two hours of deliberations following a three-day trial.

According to the evidence at trial, Fraley used various online “personas” to induce, persuade, or coerce minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct, for the purpose of producing visual depictions of that conduct.

The Louisa resident, acting through the online “personas,” would threaten minor females to engage in various sexual acts and to record that activity, or send the images to him “live” via Skype or other applications.

He also persuaded the minors to come to his home, sometimes at the behest of the online “personas,” to get “sexual experience” with Dale Fraley as the teacher, according to the evidence presented the jury during the federal trial in Ashland.

Fraley would sometimes record the sexual activity between himself and the minors at his home, or record the minors masturbating or engaging in the lewd and lascivious exhibition of their genitalia.

Fraley was indicted in October 2019, with a superseding indictment being returned in September 2020.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, including a Task Force Officer employed by the Eastern Kentucky University Police Department.  The United States was represented in the case by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David Marye and Mary Melton.

Fraley will appear for sentencing before U.S. District Judge David Bunning, on Oct. 18, 2021. He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison for each count of production, 20 years for each count of receipt and distribution of child pornography, and 10 years for possession of child pornography.

However, the Court must consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the applicable federal sentencing statutes before imposing the sentence.

He faces a trial on a separate charge related to video of an adult woman have sexual relations with a dog.