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Versailles man faces child sexual exploitation charges

A search warrant written by Woodford County Attorney Alan George and carried out by the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Electronic Crime Branch June 20 has resulted in child sexual exploitation charges against a Versailles man. According to a KSP news release, a search of 105 Plum Tree Court resulted in the seizure of electronic equipment and the arrest of Don C. Lewis III, 40, in Prince George, Va. by Fort Lee military police. A call to the public affairs office at the Army post was not returned. The criminal complaint details a conversation between Lewis and another male suspect in which they discussed trading or exchanging their own biological children for sexual activities, the use of drugs to incapacitate the children, and raping them while Lewis’s wife watched. “Furthermore, the investigation revealed (Lewis) was sending photographs of his children and wife … to … unknown male subjects on Tumblr for the purposes of rape, sodomy and the further sexual abuse of his family.” The complaint also states that Lewis admitted in the Tumblr conversations that he has already sexually abused a 1-year-old “believed to be his son, and a 13-year-old female, believed to be a neighbor friend.” The news release says the Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering Lewis sharing images of child sexual exploitation online and promoting the sexual performance of juveniles online. Lewis is currently awaiting extradition back to Kentucky to face charges, a process that could take up to 30 days, according to George. Lewis was charged with one count of prohibited use of electronic communication system to procure a minor and one count of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Both charges are class D felonies and punishable by one to five years in prison.

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