LEXINGTON, KY — A Danville, Ky., man, Steve Noonan, 46, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on Friday, by Chief U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves, for receiving child pornography.
According to his plea agreement, in 2020, Noonan was convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor in North Carolina. After being released from prison, Noonan was placed on probation, the terms of which included monitoring of his electronic devices. In May 2022, the Boyle County Probation and Parole noticed suspicious searches on one of Noonan’s devices. This prompted Probation and Parole to search Noonan’s residence, where they found a cell phone that did not have the required monitoring software and that contained hundreds of images or videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Noonan then admitted to searching for and downloading these digital files.
Under federal law, Noonan must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence; and upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for 15 years.
Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Rana Saoud, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Col. Phillip Burnett, Commissioner, Kentucky State Police (KSP); and Chief Parker Hatter, Perrysville Police Department, jointly announced the sentence.
The investigation was conducted by HSI, KSP, Perryville Police Department, and Boyle County Probation and Parole. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Roth.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.