Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit Marks 2nd Anniversary

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 18, 2010  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway's Cybercrimes Unit is celebrating its 2nd anniversary and touting its many accomplishments in the fight against child pornography, cyber- predators and crimes that occur online.

Despite seeing his budget cut by nearly 30%, General Conway followed through on his commitment to Kentuckians to create a unit dedicated to investigating crimes that occur online. In June 2008, he streamlined priority operations within his office and launched a Cybercrimes Unit devoted solely to investigating crimes that occur online. The unit, now a member of the U.S. Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, has also given law enforcement and prosecutors across the Commonwealth the training they need to process digital evidence involved in 80% of crimes today.

"Making the Internet a safer place for Kentucky kids remains a top priority of mine," General Conway said. "Our Cybercrimes Unit has become a national model in the fight against crimes that occur online. We could not have achieved this without the hard work and dedication of my investigators, prosecutors and our many partners who work every day to arrest and convict cyberpredators."

The following are the Attorney General's latest Cybercrimes statistics from 2008-2010:

  • Launched 164 child pornography investigations
  • Made 32 arrests
  • Executed 76 search warrants
  • Seized 77,439 child pornographic images and videos
  • Opened a digital forensic lab in our office that has processed 2,370 hard drives and removable devices
  • Assisted 68 law enforcement agencies process digital evidence
  • One of nine agencies in the country selected by Microsoft to host cybersafety training for investigators
  • Trained 2,162 law enforcement officers and prosecutors on the latest technologies in fighting cybercrimes and data collection

In 2009, the General Assembly passed comprehensive cybercrimes legislation (HB 315) drafted by General Conway to modernize Kentucky laws related to crimes that occur online and to better protect Kentucky children from the dangers that exist online.

Key Provisions of the Cybercrimes Legislation

  • Prohibits sex offenders from logging onto social-networking sites that are used by children under the age of 18.
  • Requires sex offenders to update their email addresses and online identifiers with the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry.
  • Amends Kentucky's stalking statute to include cyberstalking.
  • Allows police to seize personal property, such as a car or computer, which has been used in the commission of sexual offenses against children.
  • Grants administrative subpoena power to the Office of the Attorney General when investigating online crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.

In addition to crafting cybercrimes legislation and creating his Cybercrimes Unit, General Conway also travels across the Commonwealth educating parents, students and teachers about the dangers that exist online. Since taking office, he has presented his Internet safety message to more than 40,000 Kentuckians, mostly children.

General Conway has also partnered with the Kentucky Department of Education and ConnectKentucky to create CybersafeKY. Through the partnership, the agencies are able to pool their resources to provide more Internet safety educational opportunities across the Commonwealth.