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Hardin County E-911 dispatcher arrested Friday for alleged sex crimes

NC GAZETTE / WBRT RADIO
STAFF REPORT

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 — A 20-year-old Hardin County E-911 Dispatcher was arrested Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, and charged with more than 150 counts of sex crimes by the Kentucky Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit.

CHRISTOPHER JAMES CARROLL

Christopher James Carroll, 20, of Elizabethtown, was charged Friday with nine counts of using a minor under 16 in a sexual performance; 50 counts of using a minor under 18 in a sexual performance; 100 counts of possessing matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance; six counts of harassing communications; and two counts of second-degree stalking.

Carroll’s arrest came after Attorney General Andy Beshear’s cyber investigators teamed with the U.S. Secret Service, the Hardin County Sheriff’s office and the Elizabethtown Police Department to make the arrest.

Beshear said Carroll’s arrest stems from an investigation that began in September 2018. According to investigators, Carroll allegedly created multiple false social media profiles in an effort to communicate and deceive minors to obtain nude images.

The Cyber Crimes Unit is part of the Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that works to reduce the number of child predators going after Kentucky’s most vulnerable children.

With the ever-changing cyber landscape, the unit is dedicated to educating its detectives on the most current techniques and technologies to keep pace with those seeking to harm children.

The Office of the Attorney General also makes it a priority to educate law enforcement, prosecutors, parents, children and caregivers on the dangers of the internet.

To help keep children safe online, the office has collaborated with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky to offer statewide trainings.

Beshear said the trainings offer a free Internet Safety Toolkit, which he said every Kentuckian could access online to obtain information that can protect children from cyber bullying to online predators.

Report any instance of child abuse to local law enforcement or to Kentucky’s Child Abuse hotline at 877-597-2331 or 877-KYSAFE1.

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