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Facebook Flags Photos Leading to Man's Guilty Plea to Child Porn Charges

An Elsmere man pleaded guilty to distributing and possessing child pornography this week.
 
Larryn Montgomery, 21, now faces a 10-year prison sentence, as recommended by the Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Office.
 
Montgomery is set to be sentenced in Kenton Circuit Court in March.
 
He was arrested last June by Kenton County Police after a search warrant was executed at Montgomery's residence on Maple Avenue.
 
Police seized electronic devices that revealed multiple photos of pre-teen girls engaged in sex acts with adult men.
 
The investigation started with a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that suggested that a Facebook account belonging to Montgomery sent the images.
 
Montgomery told police that he downloaded the pornography on an old phone and then transferred them via Facebook Messenger to a new phone. During the transfer, the images were flagged by Facebook and reported to NCMEC, according to the Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Office.
 
Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said that he sees "an alarming number of cases" like this.
 
"Sadly enough, we have one or more of these cases in court almost every week," said Sanders. "And there is no rhyme or reason to who the perpetrators are or what they look like. Old, young, rich, poor, and all different colors; there are predators hiding among us."
 
Sanders thanked Kenton County detectives.
 
"They're the only agency in Kenton County, and one of only few in Kentucky, with an investigator dedicated exclusively to online crimes against children," Sanders said.
 
According to Sanders, Kentucky State Police and the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General also have investigators dedicated to online crimes against children, "But those investigators cover all 120 counties in Kentucky so they're stretched very thin. I don't think we could ever put too many resources into protecting our kids!"
 
-Staff report