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Local man faces internet porn charges

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AG’s office seizes computers

By Thomas Barr

 HILLVIEW —  A local man is in the Bullitt County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond for allegedly having items relating to child pornography.

According to Attorney General Jack Conway, the Hillview Police Department arrested Troy Allen Bateman on Saturday.

Bateman, 25, was under investigation of the attorney general’s Cybercrimes Unit.

According to Conway’s office, Bateman was charged with one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and one count of distribution of matter portraying the sexual performance by a minor.

Both are Class D felonies punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

The charges resulted from an undercover investigation by the Cybercrimes Unit that began in July 2012. A search warrant was executed at Bateman’s home on Oct. 10. At that time, investigators seized multiple computers.

A probable cause hearing will be held on Nov. 5 in Bullitt District Court. If probable cause is found, the matter would be sent to the Bullitt Grand Jury for possible indictment.

Since inception in June 2008, the Cybercrimes unit has launched nearly 300 child pornography investigations and seized around 350,000 images and videos from the Internet. The unit is also part of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

Bateman remains in the Bullitt County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond. If released on bond, he would have no contact with anyone under 18 and would have no access to the Internet.