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AG announces child porn arrest

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 FRANKFORT - Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that a Boyle County man has been arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography.

Mark Morris, 52, was arrested at his Danville home by General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit on June 25. He was charged with one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and two counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

An investigation by the Cybercrimes Unit began in February 2014 following an undercover lead. A search warrant was executed yesterday at Morris’ home, where investigators seized computers believed to contain files depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Morris was lodged in the Boyle County Detention Center. Possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor are class D felonies, and each charge carries a penalty of one to five years in prison.

A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit

Since its creation in June of 2008, General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit has launched 375 child pornography investigations and seized more than 422,600 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit’s is also a member of the U.S. Dept. of Justice Internet Crimes Against Child Task Force.

For additional information on General Conway’s efforts to protect Kentuckians from Internet predators, visit the Office of the Attorney General’s “Cybersafety in Kentucky” page at http://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/. To report cyber abuse, visit the CyberTipline or call 1-800-843-5678.