Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Three Face Child Pornography Charges

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...After a three-month investigation into criminal activity involving the sexual exploitation of children, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch and Kentucky State Police Post 9 executed several search warrants in the Pikeville area involving illegal Internet activity during the week of December 12–16th. It involved the investigation of ten individuals suspected of participating in the distribution of child pornography computer files. To date, Roger Thacker II, 23, of Pikeville, Clarence Thacker, 37, of Robinson Creek, and 38 year old Michael Shepherd of West Van Lear have been arrested. Roger Thacker and Michael Shepherd were charged with distribution and possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance. Clarence Thacker was charged with distribution and possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance and sexual offender registrant prohibited from using social networking website, instant messaging or chat room accessible by minors. Clarence and Roger Thacker were booked into the Pike County Detention Center. Shepherd was booked into the Johnson County Jail. KSP anticipate several more arrests pending further investigations.