Shepherdsville man pleas guilty to sex charge

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 FRANKFORT – Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Cyber Crimes Unit today announced a Shepherdsville man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for seeking sex with a minor.

Jonathen Howerton, 25, of Shepherdsville, was sentenced last week in Louisville by United States District Court Judge David Hale. As part of his plea agreement, Howerton must register as a sex offender upon release. 

Howerton was arrested July 5, 2016, by Beshear’s cyber investigators and charged with prohibited use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor for sex, a class D felony. 

The work of the Cyber Crimes Unit, a division of the Department of Criminal Investigations in the Office of the Attorney General, is part of Beshear’s core mission to keep sexual predators away from Kentucky’s families and children. 

“It’s our mission to take those who would exploit children off the streets to ensure our communities are safe,” Beshear said. “I would like to thank my team along with local and state law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky for helping in this case.” 

Beshear’s work to prevent child abuse led to nearly 80 arrests, indictments and convictions of online child predators in 2016.