Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Two Cybercrimes Arrests for Child Pornography and Enticement

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 31, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659
 


Attorney General Jack Conway and his Cybercrimes Unit today announced the arrest of two men.  Joseph Andrew Morgan Oldani, 29, of Oregon and Ashish Ashok Parekh, 33, of Louisville were arrested yesterday by Attorney General Conway’s Cybercrime investigators.  The charges are the results of unrelated investigations that began in July of 2015.  Oldani is from Oregon and was arrested in Kenton County.  Parekh was arrested in Jefferson County.  Both defendants were arraigned this morning and remain in custody.

Oldani is charged with 100 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of failing to comply with conditions of being a registered sex offender.  Cybercrimes investigators, assisted by Kentucky State Police, recovered numerous images of child pornography downloaded by Oldani.  He is a registered sex offender from Oregon and he currently has two outstanding Oregon warrants for probation violations.  It is alleged that Oldani had been downloading child pornography for the past two months.  These crimes are Class D felonies and each punishable by one to five years in prison.  Oldani remains in custody at the Kenton County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash bond.  Per court orders, if he posts bond he must be placed on home incarceration and he has been ordered to have no contact with minor children.  Oldani is scheduled to appear in Kenton District Court on August 5 for a preliminary hearing.

Parekh is charged with one count of using a communication system to procure a minor for sex.  Cybercrimes investigators, assisted by Louisville Metro Police Department, arrested Parekh after he allegedly was communicating with an undercover investigator on the internet for the purpose of having sexual contact with a minor.  This charge is a Class D felony and punishable by one to five years in prison.  Parekh remains in custody at the Louisville Metro Detention Center with a $25,000 cash bond.  He has been ordered to have no contact with minor children.  Parekh is scheduled to appear in Jefferson District Court on August 10 for a preliminary hearing.

“I appreciate the hard work of my Cybercrimes Unit in protecting our children in the Commonwealth,” General Conway said.  “These laws are in place to protect the citizens of Kentucky and to ensure the innocence of childhood is protected from online predators.”

For a photo of Oldani, please visit: https://goo.gl/jlBREa

For a photo of Parekh, please visit: https://goo.gl/iiLrhf

Both defendants were arraigned this morning and are scheduled to reappear for preliminary hearings.  Parekh is currently being prosecuted by the Office of Jefferson County Attorney, Mike O’Connell and Oldani is being prosecuted by the Office of Kenton County Attorney, Stacy Tapke. 

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.