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July 2, 2014

Man pleads guilty to child porn charges

CORBIN — By John L. Ross

Staff Writer

A Williamsburg man indicted in January 2013 on charges related to child pornography pleaded guilty Tuesday in Whitley County Circuit Court.

William Parrish, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and three counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.  

He is slated for sentencing Oct. 6.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced that plea agreement Tuesday — Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Trimble, who prosecuted the case, recommended a six-year prison sentence for Parrish.

“I appreciate the hard work of my cyber crimes investigators who helped bring this case to a successful close,” Conway said through a press release. “Because of their dedication, the internet is a safer place for Kentucky children.”

Parrish was charged in this case after an undercover investigation by Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit, he said.

A search warrant was executed in September 2012 at Parrish’s Williamsburg home, where investigators seized computers containing images and videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The four-count indictment received 17 months ago included all these charges. The first count of that indictment came after his computers were seized and the images of children performing sexual acts was discovered on Sept. 13, 2012.

The three counts on that indictment which occurred in March 2013 were the result of distributing those images with the hope to gain profit.

Since its creation in June of 2008, Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit has launched 375 child pornography investigations and seized more than 422,600 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit is also a member of the U.S. Dept. of Justice Internet Crimes Against Child Task Force.

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