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Madison Co. Man Arrested On Charges Related to Child Pornography

Date of News Release: 02/06/2014

(Berea, Ky.) - On Feb. 5, 2014, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by troopers from KSP Post 7 in Richmond and officers from the Madison Co. Sheriff's Office, arrested Brian J. Smith, 26, of Berea, Ky., for charges related to possession and distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Smith was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at Smith's residence in the evening hours of Feb. 5, 2014. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to the KSP forensic laboratory for examination.

Smith is currently charged with multiple counts of possession and distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. He was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.