William Parrish, 39, pleaded guilty this morning in Whitley Circuit Court to one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and three counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
Parrish was charged in this case following an undercover investigation by Attorney General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit. A search warrant was executed in September 2012 at Parrish’s Williamsburg home, where investigators seized computers containing images and videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
“I appreciate the hard work of my cybercrimes investigators who helped bring this case to a successful close,” General Conway said. “Because of their dedication, the Internet is a safer place for Kentucky children.”
Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Trimble handled the prosecution of this case. Commonwealth’s Attorney Trimble has recommended Parrish serve a six-year prison sentence. Parrish is scheduled to be sentenced on October 6 at 11 a.m. in Whitley Circuit Court.
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 is also a member of the U.S. Dept. of Justice Internet Crimes Against Child 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. To report cyber abuse, visit the CyberTipline or call (800) 843-5678.
Information provided by Daniel Kemp
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