Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Cyber Crimes Unit today announced an Anderson County man has pleaded guilty to human trafficking and seeking sex with a minor.
Charles Wesley Walls, 36, of Lawrenceburg, pleaded guilty to one count of each charge on Feb. 27 in Franklin Circuit Court – one count of unlawful use of electronic communications system to procure a minor for sex, a Class D felony, and one count of promoting human trafficking with a person under age, a Class C felony.
Walls, who is facing five years in prison, is scheduled to be sentenced April 20.
According to DCI, their investigation into Walls in November 2017 revealed that he was engaging in explicit conversations online in order to acquire a minor for sex and engage the minor in human trafficking.
Based on that information, Kentucky State Police arrested Walls Nov. 26, 2017, on a warrant issued in response to a Franklin Circuit Court indictment obtained by an investigator with the Cyber Crimes Unit.
Beshear’s cyber unit was also assisted by the Lawrenceburg Police Department and Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
“Protecting Kentucky’s children from online sexual predators and those that seek to exploit them is one of our most important duties,” Beshear said. “I appreciate the investigators in my office for working with KSP, the Lawrenceburg Police Department, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin County Commonwealth’s Attorney on this case.”
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.