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KSP Charges Marshall Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

KSP Charges Marshall Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Bill Stephens

December 2nd, 2020

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Benton, Ky. (December 1, 2020) On December 1, 2020, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Randolph H. Crawford, 50, on charges related to child sexual abuse material.

Crawford 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.

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Benton, KY on December 1, 2020. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

Crawford is currently charged with seventy-four counts of distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance and twenty counts of possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance. These charges are Class-D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison. Crawford was lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center.

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than twenty-six local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administrated by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education. The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.

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