Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Department of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crimes Unit today announced the arrest and indictment of a 25-year-old Columbus, Ohio man for allegedly seeking sex with a minor.
Beshear said following an investigation by his office and a 14-count indictment by a Franklin County grand jury May 15, Devan M. Fell, of Columbus, Ohio, was arrested May 25 by the Franklin County Ohio Sheriff’s Department.
Fell, who is currently being housed in the Franklin County Jail in Ohio, is being charged with 14 counts of the unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.
“I applaud the efforts of our cyber investigators and appreciate the assistance of the Franklin County Sheriff’s office in Ohio for teaming up to deliver justice to someone who is accused of actively seeking to sexually abuse Kentucky children,” Beshear said. “In working with local officials like the sheriff’s office, we are helping to ensure children in Kentucky, Ohio and neighboring states are better protected from predators.”
The work of the Department of Criminal Investigations, Cyber Crimes Unit 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.