Office of the Attorney General
Lexington Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Pornography

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 08, 2011  
Revision Date:  Thursday, December 08, 2011 
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)
 


Attorney General Jack Conway, Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky and the FBI jointly announce the guilty plea of a Lexington man on one count of distribution of child pornography. Thirty-seven-year-old William K. Hainsworth, a registered sex offender, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Lexington yesterday. The charges against Hainsworth were the result of an investigation by General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit and the FBI. Prosecution of this case is being handled by the U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Utilizing a peer-to-peer network, the Attorney General's Cybercrimes investigators identified a computer in Lexington, Ky. that contained child pornography. Hainsworth was arrested on May 2, 2011 after investigators found multiple images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on a computer in the residence.

"I am pleased to see this case come to a successful close," General Conway said. "Working together with our law enforcement partners, we are getting child pornographers off of the streets and making the Internet a safer place for Kentucky kids."

Hainsworth was required to register as a sex offender following a 2006 conviction on criminal attempt sexual abuse 1st degree. In 2008, he pled guilty to failing to comply with the sex offender registry.

Hainsworth will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Lexington on March 15, 2012. He faces between five and 20 years in prison.

Since its creation in June 2008, General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit, a member of the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, has launched more than 230 investigations and seized more than 300,000 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet.

For additional information on cybersafety in Kentucky, visit General Conway's Cybersafety Page at http://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/ . To report cyber abuse, visit the CyberTipline or call 1-800-843-5678.