Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the arrest of a Bullitt County man on child pornography charges. Officers from the Hillview Police Department arrested 25-year-old Troy Allen Bateman on October 27, 2012, following an investigation by General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit.

Bateman was arraigned this morning on one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and one count of distribution of matter portraying the sexual performance by a minor. Both are Class D felonies. Bateman was lodged in the Bullitt County jail following his arrest.

The charges against Bateman are the result of an undercover investigation by the Attorney General's Cybercrimes Unit that began in July 2012. A search warrant was executed at Bateman's Shepherdsville, Ky. residence on October 10, at which time investigators seized multiple computers.

Prosecution of this case is being handled by the office of Mike Mann, Commonwealth's Attorney for the 55th Judicial Circuit representing Bullitt County.

Since its creation in June of 2008, General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit has launched nearly 300 child pornography investigations and seized approximately 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.

Troy Bateman



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