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Beshear: Lawrenceburg Fugitive Arrested, Charged with 100 Counts of Possession of Child Pornography

Cyber Crimes Unit made arrest after locating fugitive on the run since July

FRANKFORT, KY. (Nov. 30, 2017) – An Anderson County man who had been eluding investigators for months was arrested this morning for possessing child pornography, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced.

William Richard Smith, 46, of Lawrenceburg, was charged with 100 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, a Class D felony.

In June, Beshear’s investigators initiated a probe after identifying a computer sharing images depicting the sexual exploitation of children online.

In July, they executed a search warrant at Smith's residence in Lawrenceburg and located a computer that contained thousands of images related to the sexual abuse of children.

As charges were being filed against Smith in July, he fled the state. Beshear’s investigators ultimately located Smith in Fayette County, Ohio. Late last night Smith traveled back to Kentucky and was arrested.

Smith is currently lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center. At this time, no bond or court date has been set.

“One of our core missions is to shield our children from online predators,” said Beshear. “I appreciate the effort and perseverance of our cyber investigators over the past several months to locate the fugitive and ultimately work with the Kentucky State Police to make the arrest.”

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