Office of the Attorney General
Jessamine County Man Indicted for Allegedly Trying to Lure a Child for Sex Via the Internet
Attorney General Jack Conway and Tom Lockridge, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit representing Garrard and Jessamine counties, today jointly announced the indictment of a Jessamine County man on two counts of using electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities. The charges are Class D felonies punishable by up to 5 years in prison on each count.
Paul Beach of Nicholasville was indicted on September 11, 2009. Investigators with the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) Cybercrimes Unit report that on two separate occasions, once in late July and once in August of 2008, Beach used a computer for the purpose of procuring or soliciting a police officer who was posing as a minor for sex. Beach was chatting with an officer from Alaska, who forwarded the case to the OAG Cybercrimes Unit for investigation. Beach was arrested and is currently lodged in the Jessamine County Jail. His bond is set at $25,000.
Beach is scheduled to be arraigned on October 23, 2009 at 9 a.m. in Jessamine Circuit Court.
The prosecution of this case is being handled by the office of Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Lockridge.
A charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
OAG Cybercrimes Stats since General Conway created the unit in June 2008:
- Launched 102 child porn investigations
- Seized 35,561 child pornographic images and videos
- 12 arrests
- Assisted 35 local law-enforcement agencies process digital forensics
- Opened digital forensics lab in our office — processed 464 hard drives and removable devices
- Presented cybersafety program to more than 14,000 students