Undercover investigation lands man in jail on child porn charges

MORGANFIELD, Ky. (WTVQ) – An Internet Crimes Against Children undercover investigation landed a man in the Webster County Detention Center on Monday, according to Kentucky State Police.

Investigators say the KSP Electronic Crime Branch arrested 20-year old Cody Lewis, of Union County, on charges related to child sexual abuse material.

Lewis was arrested at a home after a search warrant was executed and equipment seized KSP says was used to facilitate the crime.  The equipment was taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination.  State Police say the investigation is ongoing.

KSP says Lewis was sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.

He was charged with ninety-nine counts of possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance, two counts of promoting a minor under 16 in a sexual performance, and one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument 1st degree, according investigators.

The charges of possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance are Class-D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison. The charges of promoting a minor under 16 in a sexual performance are Class-B felonies punishable by ten to twenty years in prison. The charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument 1st degree is a Class-C felony punishable by five to ten years in prison, according to KSP.

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than twenty-six local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administrated by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations.

This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education.

The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.

 

 

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