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Hopkins Co. man charged with child sexual exploitation crimes

Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 7:50 AM CST
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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) - The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Electronic Crime Branch arrested Ryan A. Hardin, 39, on charges related to child sexual abuse material.

Hardin was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online, authorities said.

The investigation resulted in a search warrant at a residence in Madisonville on December 2 and equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

Hardin is currently charged with ten counts of distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance and ten counts of possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance with a victim over 12 years old. These charges are Class-D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison.

Mr. Hardin was also charged with ten counts of possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance with a victim under 12 years old. These charges are Class-C felonies punishable by five to ten years in prison.

Mr. Hardin was taken to the Hopkins County Detention Center.

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