Attorney General Jack Conway and his Cybercrimes Unit has announced the arrest of an Elizabethtown man for using a computer to contact a minor for sex.
Donnie E. Cooper, Jr., 25, was arrested by investigators from Attorney General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit with assistance from the Shelbyville Police Department. Cooper was arraigned this afternoon in Shelby District Court.
Cooper is charged with prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor in a sex offense. This charge is the result of a Cybercrimes Unit investigation that began in September of 2015. It is alleged that Cooper sent electronic messages to an undercover officer, posing as a minor, for the purposes of engaging in illegal sexual acts and arranged to meet the undercover officer in Shelbyville. He was arrested on Saturday, September 26, in Shelbyville, Ky. This charge is a Class D felony and is punishable by one to five years in prison.
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This case is currently being prosecuted by the Office of the Shelby County Attorney Hart Megibben. Cooper remains in custody with a $5,000 cash bond.
A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit
Since its creation in June 2008, Attorney General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit has launched more than 450 child pornography investigations and seized over 740,000 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit is also a member of the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children 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 at http://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/. To report cyber abuse, visit the CyberTipline or call 1-800-843-5678.