BARELY OF ADULT AGE SUSPECT FACING DOUBLE-DIGIT NUMBER OF CHILD PORN CHARGES, WITH POTENTIAL OF DECADES IN PRISON
JANUARY 15, 2020 – written by WADE QUEEN
ZACHARY LUKE CONN, 18, OF PIKEVILLE, KENTUCKY; WAS ARRESTED FOR POSSESSING CHILD SEX PORNOGRAPHY.
A Pike County, Ky. teenager was arrested by a special unit of the Kentucky State Police after getting busted for having possession of child sex pornography.
The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Zachary Luke Conn, 18, of Pikeville, Kentucky; on numerous charges related to child sexual abuse material.
According to a press release statement by the KSP special unit, Zachary Conn was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect uploading images of child sexual exploitation online.
The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Pikeville on January 14, 2021. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination.
The investigation is ongoing. Conn is currently charged with twenty counts of possessing or viewing matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance. This charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.
Zachary Luke Conn was transported and lodged in the Pike County Detention Center.in Pikeville, where he is being held on $5000 full cash bond only.
Zachary Conn’s first court appearance is scheduled for Friday, January 15, in Pike County District Court at 9:00 A.M.
The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is composed of more than twenty-six local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administrated by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education. The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.