Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Department of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crimes Unit today announced the arrest and indictment of a 42-year-old Dayton, Ohio man for allegedly seeking sex with a minor.
Beshear said following a two-month investigation by his Department of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crimes Unit, and an April 10 indictment by a Franklin County grand jury, Carl Wayne Lowe, of Dayton, Ohio, was arrested April 16 by the Dayton FBI Field Office.
The charges against Lowe include one count of unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth of Kentucky to induce a minor or engage in sexual or other prohibited activities, and one count of being a persistent felony offender.
Beshear’s cyber investigators obtained an arrest warrant after an investigation of Lowe for allegedly seeking sex with a minor online. The FBI and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office executed search warrants at two locations in Dayton in Beshear’s cyber investigators’ case against Lowe.
“I applaud the efforts of our cyber investigators, the FBI and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office for teaming up to deliver justice to someone who is accused of actively seeking to sexually abuse Kentucky children,” Beshear said. “In working with federal and other state officials we are helping to ensure children in Kentucky, Ohio and neighboring states are better protected from predators.”
Lowe is currently in the Montgomery County Jail awaiting extradition to Kentucky, Beshear said.
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 nearly 150.
As chair of the Kentucky Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board, Beshear works with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky with funding from the Child Victims’ Trust Fund to help train parents, caregivers, advocates and law enforcement on how to make the internet safer for children and protect children from sexual abuse.
Kentuckians interested in supporting the fund can visit icareaboutkids.ky.gov or designate a portion of their state income tax refund by simply checking the box on the return form.
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.