Four Kentucky men arrested in child predator operation

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Four men were arrested following an undercover child predator operation in Franklin County.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear’s Cyber Crimes Unit conducted the operation on Thursday and Friday.

Authorities arrested Jarret Hoskins, Ricky Cornish Jr., Joseph Leavitt and Michael Stewart.

Investigators arrested Hoskins, 23, from Lexington, on two counts of promoting human trafficking with a victim under the age of 18, and the unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.

Cornish, 32, from Frankfort, was arrested on one count of unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.

Leavitt, 34, from Frankfort was arrested on one count of unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.

Stewart, 46, from Sacramento, Kentucky, was arrested for unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities and two misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

“I would like to thank my team of dedicated investigators and our law enforcement partners for helping to make another ‘Operation Shielded Child’ sting a success,” Beshear said in a news release. “The team in the Office of the Attorney General is unwavering in their commitment to protect children.”

Several other organizations including the Frankfort Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff, Franklin County Jail, Lexington Police Department and Louisville Metro Police Department helped make the arrest and carry out the operation.



 
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