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POLICE PRESS RELEASE

For More Information Contact:
Capt. David Jude
(502) 782-1780

KSP Announces Results of Operation Harvest Moon

Date of News Release: 10/30/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - The Kentucky State Police (KSP) and the Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force today announced the results of a multi-agency effort to (1) round up suspects involved in on-line child sexual exploitation crimes (2) round up registered sexual offenders deemed non-compliant with legal residency restrictions. Code-named Operation Harvest Moon, the initiative, which began Oct. 23, culminated months of investigation by KSP and other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

Kentucky ICAC, located within the KSP Communications and Computer Technology Branch, along with 14 participating agencies spearheaded the on-line investigative component of Operation Harvest Moon. The investigation resulted in 11 federal indictments and several state investigations on individuals, charging them with crimes against children in Kentucky. All of these arrests are related to possession and/or distribution of child pornography.

Amul Thabar, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern Kentucky District, said child sexual predation would not be tolerated in Kentucky. He spoke Monday during a press conference at Kentucky State Police Headquarters to announce the arrests.

"The message is clear - Kentucky is and will continue to be a child-predator-free zone," said Thabar. "The message to child sexual predators should also be clear - stay out of our state. These people are the lowest dregs of society and we will not allow them to harm our children."

The agencies in partnership with Kentucky ICAC include the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division of Police, the Owensboro Police Department, the Bowling Green Police Department, the Morehead Police Department, the Winchester Police Department, the Franklin (Ky.) Police Department, the Oldham County Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

KSP Commissioner Jack Adams praised the cooperative effort by his agency and other law enforcement entities throughout the Commonwealth.

"The Kentucky State Police led this effort to identify and round up those individuals engaged in criminal on-line activity and in non-compliance with House Bill 3," said Adams. "But the success of Operation Harvest Moon rests with the cooperation among law enforcement agencies throughout the state. The resources, time and energy invested by these officers, and their familiarity with their populations and locales, are responsible for the effectiveness of the operation."

General Norman Arflack, secretary of the Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety, also praised.

In addition to the on-line investigations, the Kentucky State Police and task force participants identified those registered sexual offenders violating new residency restrictions. As of today KSP Troopers have charged 37 individuals allegedly residing within 1,000 feet of restricted areas and an additional 58 arrests are pending.

Lt. Howard Logue, coordinator of Kentucky ICAC and assistant commander of the KSP Communications and Computer Technology Branch, said Operation Harvest Moon also provided community education on the subject of sexual predators.

"Kentucky State Police public affairs officers and Kentucky ICAC Task Force personnel presented 52 programs to schools, civic groups and church audiences throughout the state during Operation Harvest Moon," said Logue. "The goal of this outreach was to educate the public about the proliferation of child sexual exploitation and the increased use of computer Internet sources by predators searching for unsupervised contact with youth."

"Young people are the first to embrace and experiment with electronic communication," said Logue. "Often it is that very curiosity that can result in their victimization by those who would use technology to exploit them. Social networking sites and unsupervised Internet use have created an open forum for predators who seek contact with our children. As we work to catch these predators, we want also to educate parents, other adults and youth on ways to prevent these situations from occurring in the first place."

SOR notification requires offenders to report any address change to their local probation and parole office prior to actually moving. If an offender moves without following proper procedure, and it is discovered, then he/she is considered to be "non-compliant" and is subject to being charged with a Class D Felony, punishable by one to five years in prison. House Bill 3 enhanced the SOR statute by requiring all convicted sex offenders to live at least 1,000 feet from schools, licensed day-care facilities and publicly owned playgrounds, and by making possession of child pornography a felony.

FEDERAL INDICTMENTS

James Cottle, age 41, of Paintsville, Ky., was arrested and charged with receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Terrill Derry, age 47, of Harlan, Ky., was arrested and charged with receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Michael Hodson, Jr., age 42, of Middlesboro, Ky., was arrested and charged with receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Louis Mucci, age 44, of Midway, Ky., was arrested and charged with receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Jerry Lee Shackleford, age 32, of Middlesboro, Ky., was arrested and charged with receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Charles Michael Rochon, age 39, of Middlesboro, Ky., was arrested and charged with receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Ronald Herald, age 53, of Clay City, Ky., was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

Dennis Major, age 46, of Sparta, Ky., was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

Larry Matthew Skaggs, age 21, of Lexington, Ky., was arrested and charged with distribution of child pornography.

William Underwood, age 56, of Nicholasville, Ky., was arrested and charged with receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Kelly Lynn Kincer, age 31, of Erlanger, Ky., was arrested and charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of children.

STATE ARRESTS

Bobby Joe Mosley, age 30, of Burnside, Ky., was arrested and charged with distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Brian Gryzmala, age 19, of Murray, Ky., was arrested and charged with distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

One juvenile was arrested and charged with promoting sexual performance by a minor younger than 18, possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.


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