Beshear: Indiana Man Arrested For Allegedly Seeking Sex with Minor, Distributing Child Porn

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A 44-year-old Madison, Indiana man has been arrested for allegedly seeking sex with a minor online and distributing child pornography, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today.

Following a lengthy undercover investigation by Beshear’s Department of Criminal Investigations, Cyber Crimes Unit, Jon Helms was arrested Aug. 4 in Louisville and charged with seven counts of distributing child porn, second offense, a Class C felony, and one count of seeking sex with a minor online, a Class D felony.

Beshear’s cyber investigators, United States Secret Service and the Jeffersontown Police Department intercepted and arrested Helms as he traveled to Louisville from his residence in Madison, Indiana, to have sex with a supposed minor Aug. 4. During their undercover investigation, Beshear’s cyber investigators received multiple images over the internet depicting the sexual performance of minors.

Helm is currently lodged in Louisville Metro Corrections. Helm was convicted in 2014 for possession of child pornography in Indiana.

Beshear said the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Kentucky State Police and Indiana State Police assisted on the investigation.

“I appreciate the work of our cyber investigators and local, state and federal law enforcement officers who worked on this investigation,” Beshear said. “Removing from the streets those who seek to exploit and abuse our children is a top priority for my office, and for law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth.”

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.

Beshear said with the ever-changing cyber landscape, the unit is dedicated to educating its detectives on the most current techniques and technologies to keep pace with those seeking to harm our children.

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.

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