Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Cybercrimes Arrest for Child Enticement
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Cybercrimes Unit today announce the arrest of a New Albany, IN man on one count of using a computer to contact a minor for sex. Dale Thomas Hammond, 60, was arrested yesterday by Attorney General Conway’s Cybercrime investigators. Hammond was arraigned this morning in Jefferson District Court.
Hammond is charged with prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor in a sex offense. This charge is the result of a Cybercrimes Unit investigation that began in July 2015. It is alleged that Hammond sent electronic messages to an undercover officer, posing as a minor, for the purposes of engaging in illegal sexual acts. He was arrested in Jefferson County while allegedly driving to meet the minor and bring the minor back to Indiana to engage in sexual contact. This charge is a Class D felony and is 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. Hammond remains in custody at the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections with a $10,000 cash bond. He has been ordered to have no contact with minor children. Hammond’s arrest was assisted by officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Eighth Division. Hammond is scheduled for a preliminary hearing, August 17, 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 over 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.