Friday, 07 12, 2013
Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the guilty plea of 51-year-old Thomas Meade of Blaine, Ky. for possession and distribution of child pornography. Meade entered an Alford plea in Lawrence Circuit Court today to one count of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and four counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. The Commonwealth recommends Meade serve five years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for September 13, 2013.
Meade was indicted in December 2012 following an undercover investigation by Attorney General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit that began in January 2009. An examination of Meade's computer revealed more than 100 child pornographic images and videos.
General Conway's Office of Special Prosecutions handled the prosecution of this case at the request of the Lawrence County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
"I am pleased that we have put another child pornographer behind bars," General Conway said. "I appreciate the hard work of my cybercrimes investigators and prosecutors who brought this case to a successful close and whose work has made the Internet a safer place for Kentucky kids."
Since its creation in June of 2008, General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit has launched 341 child pornography investigations, seized more than 403,000 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet and has a 100 percent conviction rate. 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.