Beshear: 23-year-old Louisville Man Arrested, Charged with Allegedly Seeking Sex with Minors in Australia via Instagram
Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that a Louisville man on home incarceration awaiting trial in May for alleged sex crimes was arrested today by cyber investigators and charged with allegedly seeking sex with minors in Australia via social media app Instagram.
Shaun Douglas Dickson was charged today by Beshear’s office with four felony counts – one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor; one count of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor; one count of prohibited use of an electronic communications device to procure a minor for a sex offense; and one count of use of a minor under 16 years old in a sexual performance.
According to cyber investigators, Dickson was allegedly using the persona of an 11-year-old girl to communicate via Instagram with several minor females in Australia, one of them an 8-year-old girl.
Dickson allegedly directed the 8-year-old to create and send nude images of herself, and threatened her when she wouldn’t send more of them, according to Beshear’s office. Cyber investigators allege Dickson sent these images to other individuals.
After obtaining a warrant to search Dickson’s home, cyber investigators seized several communication devices, some of them containing the images of the 8-year-old girl.
Beshear’s office previously arrested Dickson Nov. 1, 2017, and charged him with three counts of possession of matter depicting a sexual performance by a minor, and one count of distribution of matter depicting a sexual performance by a minor.
The previous three-month investigation in 2017 began with a tip from Athens, Greece Police, through Interpol, to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) regarding alleged sexually explicit conversations and images being requested from and sent to a minor by a resident of Louisville.
The investigation revealed that Dickson had allegedly been communicating with the minor via Skype and sending sexually explicit images.
Based on that information, Beshear’s cyber investigators along with HSI executed a search warrant of Dickson’s Louisville residence.
Beshear said his office’s current case against Dickson is ongoing in search of more victims, and additional communication between these victims.
Beshear’s office was assisted on the case by Louisville Metro Police Department, agents with Homeland Security Investigations, Louisville Metro Corrections Home Incarceration Program Unit, and the Queensland, Australia Police Service Constables.
“The internet is becoming an increasingly dangerous place for our children,” Beshear said. “Computers, cellphones, tablets and game apps can be the conduit for sexual predators to communicate with and quite possibly harm our children. This individual was prohibited from having the devices our cyber investigators found at his home as part of his home incarceration. By working together with local, federal and international law enforcement, we were able to arrest him for nearly identical alleged behavior and protect minors in another country.”
Dickson is currently being housed in Louisville Metro Corrections and is scheduled to be arraigned March 1.
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.