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La Grange Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

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By The Staff

A La Grange man has been arrested on charges alleging he distributed and possessed child pornography.

Richard Wayne Johnson, 35, was arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 17 after Kentucky State Police served a search warrant at his home.

Johnson is charged with two counts of distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor and 12 counts of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

He was lodged in the Oldham Co. Jail and has been released on bond.

Johnson was arrested as the result of an ongoing undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation that began more than a year ago. Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch detectives began investigating after receiving a complaint regarding an unknown person who had distributed a video depicting child sexual exploitation. Subsequent investigation led detectives to Johnson’s residence in La Grange, Ky.  

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at Johnson’s residence on Sept. 17, 2013 by the KSP Electronic Crime Branch, KSP Post 5 Campbellsburg, as well as units with the Oldham Co. Police Dept. Equipment used to distribute and possess child pornography was seized and taken to KSP’s Forensic Laboratory for examination. A preliminary preview of multiple electronic items at the scene revealed thousands of images of child sexual exploitation.