Walton Man Arrested, Charged with Seeking Sex with Minor

A Northern Kentucky man was arrested Thursday and is accused of seeking sex with a minor.

Joshua A. Nicholas, 33, of Walton, was taken into custody in Franklin County, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced. Frankfort and Louisville police assisted the attorney general's office in the investigation.

Nicholas is charged with prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor or peace officer for a sex offense, attempted use of a minor under 16 in a sex performance, and promoting human trafficking of a victim under 18. All are felonies.

According to a news release, Nicholas allegedly contacted an undercover detective posing as a minor online. After being advised of the minor's age, Nicholas allegedly requested details about the minor's sexual history, requested sexual images, and offered to pay for sex.

Nicholas is accused of traveling to Franklin County to meet the minor where he was arrested.

According to the attorney general's office, Nicholas admitted to offering payment to the minor for sex. Officers seized cash and other items related to the alleged offense.

“We appreciate our police department partners who stand ready to assist us in removing child predators from Kentucky communities,” said Beshear. “Every day we are committed to carrying out our mission of protecting children and building safer communities for all our Kentucky families.”

Nicholas is being held at Franklin County Regional Jail. A bond decision is pending.

-Staff report