Joint investigation with Ohio law enforcement leads to children being rescued from suspect’s home
FRANKFORT, KY. (Feb. 15, 2018) – An Ohio man has been arrested for allegedly raping a child living in his home and for seeking sex with a minor online, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today.
Nicholas R. White, 29, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was charged with first-degree rape with a minor under the age of 13 and gross sexual imposition in Ohio.
White was indicted in Franklin County, Kentucky, on three counts of the unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth to induce a minor to engage in sex, Class D felonies.
The children living in the home at the time of the investigation were rescued, Beshear said.
Beshear’s Department of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crimes Unit obtained an indictment to arrest White from the Franklin County grand jury Tuesday, Feb. 13.
The indictment was the result of a nearly weeklong investigation that involved the offices of the Kentucky and Ohio Attorneys General and the Cheviot and Cincinnati Police departments.
During Beshear’s initial investigation, White allegedly disclosed he was engaging in sex with at least one child in his home. Ohio Attorney General investigators were contacted by Beshear’s office when it was determined that the suspect was likely in Ohio with access to children.
White is currently detained in the Hamilton County Ohio Jail on a $1.5 million bond.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Cheviot Police Department and the Cincinnati Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit assisted Beshear’s office.
“I applaud the efforts of our cyber investigators, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Cheviot and Cincinnati Police departments for working together to rescue these children and deliver justice to someone who is accused of actively sexually abusing a child in his own home,” Beshear said. “In working with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office, we are helping to ensure children in Kentucky, Ohio and neighboring states are better protected from sexual predators who prey on innocent children.”
The work of the Department of Criminal Investigations, Cyber Crimes Unit in the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, is part of Beshear’s core mission to keep sexual predators away from Kentucky’s families and children.
Over the past two years, the number of arrests, indictments and convictions by Beshear’s cyber investigators has reached historic levels, totaling more than 145.
Beshear said that Kentuckians have a moral and legal duty to report any instance of child abuse to local law enforcement or to Kentucky’s Child Abuse hotline at 877-597-2331 or 877-KYSAFE1.