Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Arrest Of Lexington Man Following Predator Sting
Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the arrest of a Lexington man for allegedly attempting to engage in sexual activity with an underage girl. On Wednesday, investigators with Attorney General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit, with assistance from Frankfort Police, arrested 48-year-old Sherwin D. Collins, who is also known as "Rick".
Collins' arrest is the result of a two-week undercover investigation by General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit. According to investigators, Collins exchanged emails and text messages with a person he met on Craigslist who he believed to be the mother of an 11-year-old girl. Investigators allege that Collins traveled to Frankfort after making arrangements with the mother to meet her and her daughter for the purposes of engaging in sexual contact with the child. Collins also allegedly sent inappropriate pictures of himself, divulging his identity. Collins was arrested in Frankfort and a search warrant was executed at his Lexington home.
Collins has been charged with one count of unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth to induce a minor to engage in a sexual or other prohibited activities. The crime is a Class D felony and is punishable by up to five years in prison. Collins was booked into the Franklin County Detention Center on Wednesday and arraigned this morning at 9 a.m. His bond was set at $10,000 full cash.
A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
GENERAL CONWAY'S CYBERCRIMES UNIT
Since its creation in June 2008, Attorney General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit has launched 452 child pornography investigations and seized nearly 700,000 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit is also a member of the U.S. Dept. of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
For additional information on General Conway's efforts to protect Kentuckians from Internet predators, visit the Office of the Attorney General's "Cybersafety in Kentucky" page at http://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/. To report cyber abuse, visit the CyberTipline or call 1-800-843-5678.