Phillip Christopher Abel, age 35, of Georgetown, was arrested and charged today with 100 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor (Class D Felony) and 30 counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance under 16 years of age (Class B Felony), according to a press release from Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office.
Department of Criminal Investigations detectives began looking into Abel after they became aware of an online request to receive images and videos depicting sexual performances by a minor. The request came from an IP address traced back to Abel’s residence. When they searched the residence, detectives located hundreds of similar images and videos, including images he allegedly produced of a family member who is a minor.
“The exploitation of children will not stand in Kentucky, and we are using every resource at our disposal to track down perpetrators and hold them accountable to the law,” said Attorney General Cameron. “I appreciate the commitment of our DCI team, Investigator Mike Littrell, and our law enforcement partners with the Georgetown Police Department in conducting this investigation.”
The Criminal Investigations Section and the Patrol Division of the Georgetown Police Department assisted DCI detectives during the investigation and arrest.
“The Georgetown Police Department was happy to assist the Attorney General’s Office today with executing this search warrant,” said Captain Josh Nash. “We are dedicated to protecting the citizens of Georgetown and the state of Kentucky, especially our youth, when it comes to these types of crimes.”
The Attorney General’s Digital Forensics Lab will continue to analyze digital devices seized from Abel’s residence, and the investigation remains ongoing.
Additional charges may be forthcoming.