Rockfield man nabbed with child porn charge

July 22 09:16 2016 Print This Article

A Warren County man was arrested on an allegation that he used the internet to solicit a minor for sex.

The arrest is one of two in Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear’s first west Kentucky sting targeting child predators.

Beshear joined the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office to announce the arrest of the two men this week.

Mark Allen Johnson, 26, of Rockfield, was arrested Tuesday and charged with prohibited use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor for sex, a Class D felony, according to a release from Beshear’s office.

Johnson is accused of posting an online ad soliciting sex and asking to engage in sex acts with an undercover investigator who was posing as a minor, according to the release. Johnson arranged to travel from Warren County to meet the minor in Paducah for what Johnson believed to be sex. When Johnson got there he was arrested by investigators, according to the release. He was arraigned in McCracken District Court Wednesday morning. His cash bond was set at $2,500.

Over the last several weeks, Beshear’s Cyber Crimes Unit expanded its child protection and law enforcement efforts by working with Sheriff Jon Hayden’s office to implement Operation Shielded Child in McCracken County.

Wednesday morning, investigators arrested David Price, 42, of Paducah, in McCracken County and charged him with 20 counts of possession of a matter portraying the sexual performance by a minor, a Class D felony, according to the release. Price was arraigned Thursday in McCracken District Court. His cash bond was set at $5,000.

Additional arrests are expected as a part of this investigation.

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