KSP Charges Lawrence County, Ky. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Cyber Crime Branch KSP 350

Cattletsburg, KY — On May 26, 2020, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch located and interviewed Tyler J. McKinney, 27, related to a child sexual abuse material investigation.

McKinney was interviewed as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect communicating with a juvenile female online.

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant for McKinney's cellular phone in Cattletsburg on May 26, 2020. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP's forensic laboratory for examination.

On July 14, 2020, Tyler J. McKinney was indicted on:

  • Two counts of promoting a minor (U/16) in a sexual performance (Class B felony)
  • One count of rape 2nd degree (Class C felony)
  • One count of sodomy 2nd degree (Class C felony)
  • One count of rape 3rd degree (Class D felony)
  • One count of sodomy 3rd degree (Class D felony)
  • One count of sexual abuse 1st degree (Class D felony)
  • One count of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor (Class D felony)
  • One count of possessing or viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor (Class D felony)
  • One count of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor (Class D felony)

On August 13, 2020, the United States Marshal Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Tyler McKinney in Ironton, OH in reference to these charges. McKinney is currently lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than twenty-six local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administrated by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education. The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.

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