FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (March 15, 2023) — The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Electronic Crime Branch arrested Trevor H. McCleese, 19, on a charge related to child sexual abuse material.
McCleese 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 communicating with a juvenile online. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination.
McCleese was charged with one count of use of a minor under the age of 16 in a sexual performance. The use of a minor under the age of 16 in a sexual performance is a Class-B felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison. McCleese was lodged in the Fleming County Jail.
The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than twenty-six local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administered by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education. The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.
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