A Louisville man was arrested this week after using an online messaging app to send videos depicting a minor engaged in sex to Canada, Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Cyber Crimes Unit announced today.
Christopher Howze, 30, of Louisville was arrested by Beshear’s Department of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crimes Unit yesterday on three counts of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor and one count of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, all Class D felonies.
The case originated in Canada, where Howze was alleged to have sent videos depicting sexual performances by a minor from his residence in Louisville through an app messaging service.
Beshear’s office seized several mobile devices from Howze’s residence and they will be further examined for evidence. Dozens of images and videos were on devices found in the possession of the defendant.
Beshear’s cyber crime investigators were assisted by federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations.
“Danger is lurking on the internet and nearly every online platform or app can be abused by sexual predators who are looking to exploit children,” Beshear said. “My office is committed to working with law enforcement partners, like in this case Homeland Security Investigations, to do everything we can to protect children and keep the internet safe.”
Howze is lodged at Louisville Metro Corrections.
The work of the Department of Criminal Investigations, Cyber Crimes Unit in the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, is part of Beshear’s core mission to keep sexual predators away from Kentucky’s families and children.
Over the past two years, the number of arrests, indictments and convictions by Beshear’s cyber investigators has reached historic levels, totaling more than 145.
Beshear said that Kentuckians have a moral and legal duty to report any instance of child abuse to local law enforcement or to Kentucky’s Child Abuse hotline at 877-597-2331 or 877-KYSAFE1.