Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Arrest of Kenton County Man for Child Porn

Press Release Date:  Thursday, April 23, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659
 


Attorney General Jack Conway and his Cybercrimes Unit today announce the arrest of a Kenton County man on 20 counts of possessing child pornography.  Richard Ray Washington, 31, was arrested this afternoon by General Conway’s Cybercrime investigators, after a search warrant was executed at his residence in Covington.  

The charges are the result of an investigation that began in March 2015.  Investigators with the Cybercrimes Unit, along with officers from Kentucky State Police Post Six, executed a search warrant this afternoon at Washington’s home looking for computers and other equipment used to distribute images and videos of exploited children.

Washington is charged with 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.  These crimes are Class D felonies and each punishable by one to five years in prison.

For a photo of Washington, visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kyoag/17245270612/

This case is currently being prosecuted by the Office of Kenton County Attorney, Stacy Tapke.  Washington is Washington is being held at the Kenton County Detention Center and a bond will be set later today.  Washington’s arraignment has been scheduled for tomorrow morning, April 24, at 8:30 a.m. in Kenton County.  

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.