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E-town man charged with over 150 counts of alleged sex crimes

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Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Friday that a 20-year-old Elizabethtown man was arrested and charged with more than 150 counts of sex crimes by the AG’s Cyber Crimes Unit.

Christopher James Carroll, who worked as a dispatcher at the Hardin County E-911 Center, is currently housed in the Hardin County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond after Beshear’s cyber investigators teamed with the United States Secret Service, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Ofice and the Elizabethtown Police Department to make Friday’s arrest.

Beshear said Carroll is facing multiple charges — nine counts of use of a minor under the age of 16 in a sexual performance; 50 counts of use of a minor under the age of 18 in a sexual performance; 100 counts of possessing matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance; six counts of harassing communications and two counts of second-degree stalking.

Beshear said Carroll’s arrest stems from an investigation that began in September 2018. According to cyber investigators, Carroll allegedly created multiple false social media profiles in an effort to communicate and deceive minors to obtain nude images.

“The attorney general is the chief advocate and protector for our Kentucky families, and it’s our job to ensure our communities are safe by taking off the streets anyone who would actively seek to sexually abuse any child,” Beshear said. “I appreciate the hard work of our cyber investigators and the work of the United States Secret Service, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and the Elizabethtown Police Department on this case.”