Office of the Attorney General
AG Conway Announces Conviction of Lawrence County Man on Child Porn Charges
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Attorney General Jack Conway and his Cybercrimes Unit announced the conviction of a Lawrence County man on charges involving child pornography. On Nov. 26, a Lawrence County jury found 69-year-old Edgar Purdom guilty on four counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. The guilty verdict follows an investigation by General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit that began in February 2013.
The jury has recommended that Purdom serve a three-year prison sentence for each count to run consecutively for a total of 15 years. Purdom was taken into custody immediately following his trial. He is scheduled to be formerly sentenced on Dec. 30 at 10 a.m.
"Because of the hard work of my Cybercrimes Unit, we have put another child pornographer behind bars," Attorney General Conway said. "I would also like to thank Anna Melvin, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 24th Judicial Circuit, and her staff for the successful prosecution of this case. Our efforts are making the Internet a safer place for Kentucky children."
A Lawrence County grand jury indicted Purdom on Jan. 14, 2014, following the investigation by General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit.
General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit
Since its creation in June 2008, General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit has launched 375 child pornography investigations and seized more than 422,600 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.
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