Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Cyber Crimes Unit today announced the arrests of four men for traveling to Frankfort with the alleged intent of engaging in sex with a minor.
Beshear said his Cyber Crimes Unit’s two-day Operation Shielded Child focused on rounding up those who solicit minors for sex online and possess or distribute child pornography.
The operation received support from the Frankfort Police Department and the Franklin County Regional Jail, and focused on perpetrators from east and southcentral Kentucky.
Those arrested include: Kristopher W. Adams, 29, of Menifee County; Carlomagno Gonzalez-Sanchez, 26, of Fayette County; Malek M. Iranpour, 58, of Fayette County and Daniel J. Zulawski, 25, of Christian County.
Kristopher W. Adams was arrested Jan. 18, and charged with one count of the prohibited use of electronic communications to procure a minor for a sex offense, a Class D felony.
Carlomagno Gonzalez-Sanchez was arrested Jan. 17, and charged with two counts of the prohibited use of electronic communications to procure a minor for a sex offense, Class D felonies.
Malek M. Iranpour was arrested Jan. 18, and charged with one count of the prohibited use of electronic communications to procure a minor for a sex offense, a Class D felony.
Daniel J. Zulawski was arrested Jan. 17, and charged with two counts of the prohibited use of electronic communications to procure a minor for a sex offense, Class D felonies, menacing, a Class B misdemeanor and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor.
The defendants are being held in the Franklin County Regional Jail, each on a $10,000 bond. Their next scheduled court date is Jan. 30 in Franklin District Court.
“I want to thank our cyber investigators for their continued commitment to our children by keeping predators off the streets and internet and behind bars,” Beshear said. “We appreciate the support provided by the Franklin County Police Department and the Franklin County Regional Jail.”
The work of the Cyber Crimes Unit, a division of the Department of Criminal Investigations in the 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. The office has conducted Operation Shielded Child missions in Allen, Boone, Franklin, Garrard, Hardin, Jessamine, Kenton, McCracken Scott and Shelby counties.
Through funding from the Child Victims’ Trust Fund, Beshear’s office also works with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky to help train parents, caregivers, advocates and law enforcement on how to make the internet safer for children and protect children from sexual abuse.
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.
Child safety will continue to be of high importance for Beshear in 2018. His office worked with key legislators to draft House Bill 70, which is before the General Assembly and will prevent registered sex offenders from accessing a commercial, social networking website.