A North Carolina man has been arrested on child sex exploitation charges in North Carolina and Kentucky following an investigation by Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office.
Beshear and his Department of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crimes Unit announced the arrest of Kenneth Bradley Nelson, 33, of Burlington, North Carolina.
The investigation into Nelson began when Beshear’s cyber crime investigators received information that Nelson was attempting to solicit sex from underage children in Kentucky and wanted to provide his own minor child for sex.
Beshear’s office then sent the suspect’s information to North Carolina where Nelson was arrested by the Burlington Police Department, and his child was rescued.
As part of the investigation by Beshear’s office, Nelson was charged in both North Carolina and Kentucky.
On Jan. 31, 2018, Nelson was charged with first-degree solicitation to commit sexual exploitation of a child and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in North Carolina.
In Kentucky, on Feb. 13, Nelson was indicted in Franklin County Circuit Court on two counts of unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities, Class D felonies.
Nelson is currently being held in the Alamance County Jail in North Carolina on $100,000 bail bond and another $100,000 bail bond in Kentucky.
“This is the 13 arrest our office has announced this year of an individual attempting to sexual exploit our children,” Beshear said. “We are proud to work with our many law enforcement partners, like the Burlington Police Department in this case, to better protect our children and take every predator we can off the streets and internet.”
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.