FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WYMT) - Updated Feb. 13
A Kansas man will be extradited to Kentucky for trying to purchase a Kentucky child for $250 and 7 grams of meth.
Ernest Merle Anziana is charged with five counts of inducing a minor for sex using electronic means and one count of promoting human trafficking with a victim under the age of 18.
“The details involved in this case are disturbing, yet our office encounters human trafficking cases in every county, city and community across Kentucky,” Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said. “Human trafficking represents the worst form of abuse, most often in children, like we have in this case. Every part of my office is committed to investigating and prosecuting predators seeking to harm our children and families. I want to thank our cyber investigators and the team at the Greenwood County Sheriff’s office.”
Original Story, Feb. 7
A Kansas man awaits extradition to Kentucky on a human trafficking charge after he allegedly tried to buy an 11-year-old girl for $250 and some meth.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports a Franklin County grand jury indicted 48-year-old Ernest Merle Anziana on Tuesday.
Franklin Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Zach Becker says Anziana was snared during an undercover investigation by the Kentucky Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Branch, and there was no actual girl for sale. He says Anziana intended to have sex with the 11-year-old girl, impregnate her and keep that child.
Kansas Department of Corrections records indicate he was previously convicted of incest.
He's being held in Kansas, pending extradition. It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.