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Three Men Arrested For Child Pornography
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Feb. 8, 2012 10:51 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 8, 2012 11:11 AM EST
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Kentucky State Police arrest three men on child pornography charges and another investigation is underway.
Troopers say 23-year old Eric Dean Bryant of Pine Knot and 33-year old James Cheatham of Willisburg were arrested late in January. In addition, 55-year old Alfred Stratton of Jeffersonville was arrested earlier this month.
According to a release from Kentucky State Police, Eric Dean Bryant was traced to inappropriate conversations and pictures found on the computer of a 9-year old North Carolina boy. The child's parents notified their local police department and the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force which traced the content back to Bryant.
Bryant is charged with Possession of Matter Portraying the Sexual Performance by a Minor, Use of Electronic Communications System to Procure a Minor for a Sexual Offense, and Promoting a Minor under the Age of 16 in a Sex Performance.
Troopers say James Cheatham was arrested as the result of an ongoing undercover ICAC investigation and is accused of sharing images of child sexual exploitation. Cheatham is charged with Possession of Matter Portraying the Sexual Performance of a Minor and Distribution of Matter Portraying the Sexual Performance of a Minor.
Alfred Stratton was also arrested as the result of an undercover investigation by ICAC which started in December of 2011. He is accused of sharing images of child sexual exploitation. Stratton is charged with Possession of Matter Portraying the Sexual Performance of a Minor and Distribution of Matter Portraying the Sexual Performance of a Minor. He was lodged in the Montgomery Co. Regional Detention Center. Troopers say the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected against him.
As of early February, Kentucky State Police along with the Bardstown Police Department had seized computer related items in Nelson County. No arrests have been made just yet, but the investigation continues.
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