FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - A Facebook tip led to the arrest of a 25-year-old Kentucky man accused of exchanging sexual images with minors over the Facebook Messenger app, according to the attorney general’s office.
Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office followed up on a Facebook tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with a seven-week investigation that found Tyler Lee Day of Dry Ridge had targeted more than 15 children from multiple states, according to a release from the attorney general’s office.
Day allegedly sent sexual images of himself, asked for sexual images of children and received images from children.
Day was arrested at his home in Dry Ridge and charged with 12 counts of using a minor under 16 in a sexual performance, two counts of prohibited use of a communication system to procure a minor for a sex offense and two counts of distribution of obscene matter to a minor, the attorney general’s office said.
Day is currently lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 16 in Gallatin District Court.
The Williamstown Police and Grant County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Cyber Crimes Unit.
"Make no mistake, the internet is a treacherous place for our children and nearly every online platform or app can be exploited by sexual predators,” Beshear said. “We all have a moral and legal duty to report child abuse, and once my office receives a report, we work with local, state and federal partners to ensure child predators are caught quickly and that our children are safe.”