Monday, 10 28, 2013
Deputy Communications Director
Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the sentencing of a Lawrence County man for possession and distribution of child pornography.
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department arrested 52-year-old Thomas Meade, of Blaine, Ky., last year following his indictment by a Lawrence County grand jury on Dec. 14, 2012. Meade was charged with one count of distribution of child pornography and four counts of possession of child pornography. Meade pleaded guilty to the charges on July 12, 2013 and was sentenced on Oct. 25.
Meade was sentenced to five years in prison; however, his sentence was probated for five years. Meade must register as a sex offender for 20 years and successfully complete a sex offender treatment program.
General Conway's Office of Special Prosecutions handled this case at the request of, and in cooperation with, the Lawrence County Commonwealth's Attorney.
"I appreciate the hard work of my Cybercrimes Unit, Office of Special Prosecutions and all of the agencies involved in this case," General Conway said. "Working together, we are helping make the Internet a safer place for Kentucky kids."
Since its creation in June of 2008, General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit has launched approximately 300 child pornography investigations and seized more than 400,000 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.