Williamsburg man charged in child porn case

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – An undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation landed a Williamsburg man in jail in a child pornography case, according to Kentucky State Police.

The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began investigating after discovering 48-year old Hobert Lee Elswick was allegedly uploading images online of child sexual exploitation.

Investigators say his home was searched on Thursday and equipment they say was used in the case was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory to be examined.

State Police say Elswick is currently charged with five counts of possessing or viewing matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance and four counts of distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance, 1st offense.

These charges are Class-D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison.

Elswick was taken to the Whitley County Detention Center.

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.

State Police say this support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education.

KSP says 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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