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Lawrence County Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Tuesday, 12 18, 2012

Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the arrest and indictment of a Lawrence County man for possession and distribution of child pornography. The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department arrested 51-year-old Thomas Meade of Blaine, Ky. yesterday following his indictment last week on child pornography charges. Meade was released from the Johnson County Regional Detention Center after posting bond.

A Lawrence County grand jury indicted Meade on December 14, 2012 on four felony counts of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography. The indictment was the result of an undercover investigation initiated by General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit in January 2009. Search warrants were executed at Meade's residence with assistance from Kentucky State Police, Post 14.

General Conway's Office of Special Prosecutions is handling the prosecution of this case at the request of, and in cooperation with, the Lawrence County Commonwealth's Attorney.

Meade is scheduled to be arraigned on January 2, 2013.

Since its creation in June of 2008, General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit has launched approximately 300 child pornography investigations and seized more than 350,000 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit is also a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

For additional information on cybersafety in Kentucky, visit General Conway's Cybersafety Page at http://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/ . To report cyber abuse, visit the CyberTipline or call 1-800-843-5678.

A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Thomas Meade