Office of the Attorney General
Former University of the Cumberlands Student Convicted for Possession of Child Pornography
Attorney General Jack Conway, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, James Zerhusen, and Wayne Byrd of the Williamsburg Police Department jointly announce the conviction of a former University of the Cumberlands student on one count of possession of child pornography. A federal jury sitting in London, Ky. convicted Sungkook Kim, 23, of Williamsburg, in Whitley County, on Thursday, April 16.
Evidence presented at the trial showed that Kim was in possession of four videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct with adults. Last week, Kim pled guilty to aggravated identity theft, extortion and felony computer fraud charges for hacking into fellow students’ email accounts and then trying to blackmail them with personal information he had obtained.
Testimony at the trial confirmed that in November of 2008, Kim sent more than 20 threatening emails to a female student at the college. He also possessed sexually explicit images of the student and threatened to distribute the images to others if she didn’t produce additional sexual images of herself. The female student then contacted the Williamsburg Police Department.
The Office of the Attorney General’s Cybercrimes Unit, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) assisted in the investigation at the request of Williamsburg Police. Cybercrimes investigators determined that Kim had pirated another person’s wireless router to send the threatening emails and that he had installed spyware on college library computers to capture logon IDs and passwords for both students and faculty.
The FBI presented this information to a federal grand jury resulting in Kim’s indictment in December 2008. Kim will be sentenced on August 5, 2009 in federal court in London. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years for possession of child pornography, two years for extortion and five years on the aggravated identity theft and felony computer fraud violations.
Sungkook Kim, 23