Vine Grove Man Accepts Plea Deal in Child Porn Case

Vine Grove Man Accepts Plea Deal in Child Porn Case

Easley was arrested Sept. 19, 2016, as part of a 10-day Operation Shielded Child, which involved cyber crime investigators from the Attorney Gene­ral’s Office trying to identify people who possess and distribute child pornography and those who solicit minors for sex online. Easley, one of 10 people in nine counties arrested as a result of the investigation, was charged with 42 felonies related to child porn..

“I am pleased that we were able to resolve this matter with a plea agreement,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Logsdon said. “Not only is the defendant off the streets, but the public (the jury) was spared the necessity of watching terribly graphic videos involving young children, including infants. I appreciate the collaboration, professionalism, and hard work of the Cyber Crimes Division with our office.”

Easley was charged with 40 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance of a minor and two counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor after Kentucky State Police searched his computer and other devices at his home, according to an arrest citation.

He had been scheduled for trial Wednesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court. Possession of matter portraying a sexual performance of a minor is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted. Distribution of matter portraying sex performance by a minor is a Class D felony for the first count and a Class C felony for the second count, punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted.

“I appreciate the hard work of our cyber investigators and thank the Hardin County Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for their support on this case,” Attorney General Andy Beshear said. “I also want to recognize the Kentucky State Police, Homeland Security Investigations and the Child Rescue Coalition for supporting Operation Shielded Child.” Formal sentencing of Easley is Nov. 14.

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