Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Arrest of Louisville Man for Using a Computer to Meet a Minor for Sex
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Cybercrimes Unit today announce the arrest of a Jefferson County man on one count of using a computer to contact a minor and possession of controlled substance. Douglas T. Powell, 62, was arrested on May 29 by Attorney General Conway’s Cybercrime investigators along with officers from the Jefferstown Police Department. After Powell’s arrest, investigators searched his residence in Louisville, Ky.
Powell is charged with prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor in a sex offense and illegally possessing a controlled substance in the first degree. These charges are the result of an investigation that began in May 2015. It is alleged that Powell thought he was setting up a meeting with a 15 year old to engage in sexual acts and that Powell was in possession of illegal drugs when he was arrested. These charges are Class D felonies and each punishable by one to five years in prison.
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This case is currently being prosecuted by the Office of the Jefferson County Attorney, Mike O’Connell. Powell remains in custody at the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections with a $5,000 cash bond. He has been ordered to have no contact with minor children. Powell is scheduled for a preliminary hearing, June 22 at 9 a.m. in Jefferson District Court.
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 more than 450 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.