Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit Marks 1st Anniversary

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 08, 2009  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit just marked its 1st anniversary. In June 2008, General Conway followed through on his commitment to Kentuckians to create a unit dedicated to investigating crimes that occur online. One year later, the unit has put a dent in child pornography and solicitation of minors on the Internet and given law enforcement and prosecutors across the Commonwealth the tools and training they need to process the digital evidence involved in 80% of crimes today.

“In one year, we have come further in the fight against cyberpredators and crimes that occur online than any other state in the country. I appreciate the hard work of our investigators and prosecutors who work every day to make the Internet a safer place for all Kentuckians, but most importantly for our children,” said General Conway.

The following are the latest Cybercrimes stats from the Office of the Attorney General:

  • Launched 50 child pornography investigations
  • Made nine arrests
  • Executed 21 search warrants
  • Seized 34,315 child pornographic images and videos
  • Opened a digital forensic lab in our office that has processed 216 hard drives and removable devices
  • Assisted 28 law enforcement agencies process digital evidence
  • One of nine agencies in the country selected by Microsoft to host cybersafety training for investigators
  • Trained 400 law enforcement officers and prosecutors on the latest technologies in fighting cybercrimes and data collection

Despite seeing his budget cut 20% since taking office, General Conway has remained committed to tackling today’s many modern law enforcement challenges. His Cybercrimes Unit is now a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force created by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Last month, General Conway’s cybercrimes legislation went into effect strengthening laws 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 fact, the Cybercrimes Unit issued its first administrative subpoena this week.

“Administrative subpoena power is an important tool for our office. This gives investigators direct access to secure relevant information that will help officers identify cyberpredators who prey on our children,” said General Conway.

“Our cybercrimes unit and now our new cybercrimes law focus on an area of the law in Kentucky that was under-addressed,” said Bob Foster, Commissioner of the Office of the Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigations, which oversees the Cybercrimes Unit. “We have assisted local, state and federal law enforcement in investigating child pornography and other crimes that occur online. Through our new digital forensics lab, we are also helping law enforcement in every corner of the Commonwealth examine crucial digital evidence in a more timely manner.”

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 14,000 children and adults. General Conway has also partnered with Kentucky Child Now and the Kentucky Department of Education to create CybersafeKY. Through the partnership, the agencies are able to pool their resources to provide more Internet safety educational opportunities across the Commonwealth.