Office of the Attorney General
Lexington Man Found Guilty of Receiving and Possessing Thousands of Child Pornography Images
Attorney General Jack Conway, along with Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Gary T. Hartwig, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), today announced that a Lexington man has been found guilty of receiving and possessing thousands of child pornography images.
Following three days of trial and four hours of deliberation, a federal jury convicted Erik Hentzen, 26, of the charges on June 18.
The evidence at trial established that, from May 2012 to March 2013, Hentzen downloaded thousands of videos, which depicted children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
On March 23, 2013, investigators with General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit executed a search warrant and seized multiple computers belonging to Hentzen; the computers contained more than 4,000 videos depicting child pornography.
The investigation began when authorities discovered that numerous child pornography videos had been made available for download over the Internet. Investigators then traced the location of the computer to Hentzen’s apartment in downtown Lexington.
The investigation was conducted by General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit and HSI. The Fort Mitchell Branch of the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the federal government.
Hentzen is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 15, 2014.
General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit
Since its creation in June of 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’s investigative efforts have also resulted in a 100 percent conviction rate.
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.