Dry Ridge Man Arrested on Sex Crime Charges Involving 15+ Children
A Dry Ridge man is behind bars after a Facebook tip led to the arrest by Attorney General Andy Beshear's office.
Tyler Lee Day was booked on October 8, taken into custody by the AG's department of criminal investigations Cyber Crimes Unit in a case involving more than fifteen children.
Day faces twelve counts of use of a minor under 16 in a sexual performance, two counts of prohibited use of a communications system to procure a minor for a sex offense, and two counts of distribution of obscene matter to a minor.
The offenses allegedly took place over the Facebook Messenger app.
The cyber-tip was reported by Facebook to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Beshear's office then investigated for seven weeks, according to a news release.
Detectives from Beshear’s office submitted multiple subpoenas and search warrants during the investigation, which led to the discovery that Day had allegedly sent sexual images of himself, requested sexual images of children and, in some cases, received images from children.
More than 15 children from multiple states were targeted by Day, Beshear said.
“Make no mistake, the internet is a treacherous place for our children and nearly every online platform or app can be exploited by sexual predators,” Beshear said. “We all have a moral and legal duty to report child abuse, and once my office receives a report we work with local, state and federal partners to ensure child predators are caught quickly and that our children are safe.”
An extensive search by Beshear’s detectives led to a Dry Ridge location where Day was taken into custody. He is currently being held in the Carroll County Jail, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 16 in Gallatin District Court.
The Williamstown Police and Grant County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Cyber Crimes Unit.
The Cyber Crimes Unit is part of the Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which works to reduce the number of child predators going after Kentucky’s most vulnerable children.
To help keep children safe online, the office has collaborated with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky to offer statewide trainings.
Beshear said the trainings offer a free Internet Safety Toolkit, which he said every Kentuckian could access online to obtain information that can protect children from cyber bullying to online predators.
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.