A 56-year-old Louisville man has been arrested and charged with alleged sex crimes involving a minor by Attorney General Andy Beshear’s Cyber Crimes Unit after a Louisville resident notified investigators of an abandoned iPhone found in South Louisville.
An examination of the iPhone by Beshear’s Cyber Crimes Lab in Frankfort and a two-week investigation by cyber investigators lead to the arrest of Michael Joseph Chandler, of Jeffersontown, on Nov. 1.
Chandler is charged with one count of first-degree sodomy, a Class B felony; one count of the use of a minor in a sexual performance, a Class B felony; and two counts of possession of matter depicting a sex performance by a minor, Class D felonies.
He is currently housed at Metro Corrections on a $100,000 cash bond. He was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. today in Jefferson Circuit Court.
Beshear said his cyber team discovered multiple child sex abuse images on the iPhone during the examination that lead them to Chandler.
“The Attorney General is the chief advocate and protector for our Kentucky families, and it’s our job to ensure our communities are safe by stopping predators who target and exploit our children,” Beshear said. “I want to thank our cyber investigators for their hard work in this mission, and I want to especially thank the individual who notified our office of the iPhone that lead to the arrest of Chandler. This individual’s actions helped us take another predator off our streets.”
Beshear’s cyber investigators focus on arresting predators who seek to harm children in Kentucky communities and on the internet.
The Cyber Crimes Unit has some of the best and most modern digital forensic investigation capabilities. These include collecting evidential documentation and files from a variety of devices, including damaged, password protected, erased or hidden information.
This evidence collection can be done within the unit’s cyber lab, or in the field to meet the demands of an extenuating circumstance. The office’s forensic detectives not only support the office’s needs, but support local, state and federal law enforcement agencies that do not have their own cyber investigation and forensic capabilities.
Over the past two and half years, the number of arrests, indictments and convictions by Beshear’s cyber investigators has reached historic levels, totaling more than 150.
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.