Louisville man charged with seeking sex with minors in Australia via Instagram

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The attorney general’s office says that a Louisville man on home incarceration, awaiting trial in May for alleged sex crimes was arrested Thursday and charged with seeking sex with minors in Australia via Instagram.

23-year-old Shaun Dickson was charged with four felony counts – one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor; one count of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor; one count of prohibited use of an electronic communications device to procure a minor for a sex offense; and one count of use of a minor under 16 years old in a sexual performance.

According to investigators, Dickson was allegedly using the persona of an 11-year-old girl to communicate via Instagram with several minor females in Australia, one of them an 8-year-old girl.

Dickson reportedly directed the 8-year-old to create and send nude images of herself, and threatened her when she wouldn’t send more of them, according to the attorney general’s office. Investigators say Dickson sent these images to other individuals.

After obtaining a warrant to search Dickson’s home, investigators seized several communication devices, some of them containing the images of the 8-year-old girl.

Dickson was previously arrested on Nov. 1, 2017, and charged with three counts of possession of matter depicting a sexual performance by a minor, and one count of distribution of matter depicting a sexual performance by a minor.

The previous three-month investigation in 2017 began with a tip from Athens, Greece Police, through Interpol, to Homeland Security Investigations regarding reported sexually explicit conversations and images being requested from and sent to a minor by a person living in  Louisville.

The investigation revealed that Dickson had reportedly been communicating with the minor over Skype and sending sexually explicit images.

Dickson is is scheduled to be arraigned March 1.

You can report any instance of child abuse to local law enforcement or to Kentucky’s Child Abuse hotline at 877-597-2331 or 877-KYSAFE1.

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