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Edmonson Co. man charged with child sex exploitation

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 BOWLING GREEN – An Edmonson County, Kentucky, resident was charged this week by grand jury indictment with sexual exploitation of children announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

Howard Baird, 56, of Brownsville, Kentucky, was charged in a five-count Indictment with four counts of using a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of the conduct and one count of possessing child pornography that had been transported in interstate commerce by any means, including by computer.    According to the Indictment, the activity took place between May of 2009 and May of 2015, in Edmonson County.

If convicted at trial, Baird faces a sentence of no less than 15 years and no more than 30 years for each of counts one through four, and no more than ten years in prison for count five. Further, the penalties include up to a life term of supervised release and a fine of up to $1,250,000.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless, and the investigation is being handled by the Department of Homeland Security and Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Bowling Green Police Department.

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This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty