Beshear: 30-year-old Russell Springs Man Arrested, Charged with Allegedly Seeking Sex with Minor
Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced that a 30-year-old Russell Springs man has been arrested and charged with allegedly seeking sex with a minor.
Michael John Davidson traveled from Russell County to Frankfort on Friday, Feb. 22 attempting to meet a minor for sex as part of the AG’s cyber unit’s undercover operation.
During the cyber investigation, Davidson sent sexual images of himself over the internet and discussed meeting the “minor” to perform sex acts.
Davidson was immediately arrested by AG cyber investigators with the assistance of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Secret Service. He was charged with one count of the prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor for sex and a related drug charge.
“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 taking off the streets anyone who would actively seek to sexually abuse any child,” Beshear said. “I appreciate the hard work of our cyber investigators, the work of the United States Secret Service and the Franklin County Sheriff’s office.”
Davidson is currently housed in the Franklin County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash bond.
Over the past three years, the number of arrests, indictments and convictions by Beshear’s cyber investigators has reached historic levels, totaling more than 150.
Beshear said 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.
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.
Beshear’s cyber investigators recently used their digital technology to investigate a possible threat against Georgetown Middle School at the request of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.
After obtaining cellphone information through emergency requests to Instagram, other social media platforms and T-Mobile, cyber investigators were able to match the cellphone to a cell tower in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Cyber investigators immediately contacted law enforcement in Gaithersburg who said they were aware of the threat and were taking appropriate measures to investigate and to ensure students were safe in their community.