HARLAN – The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by Post 10-Harlan, arrested Derek L. Brock, 20, and Henry E. Stewart, 25, for child sexual exploitation offenses on Tuesday.
Both men were arrested as the result of a three month internet crimes against children investigation. The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after receiving numerous complaints of sexually explicit photographs, which included juveniles, being uploaded to an image sharing website. Subsequent investigation lead to the discovery of additional photographs being shared across social media in exchange for money.
The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant and seizure of evidence from numerous homes, where electronic equipment was taken and is pending a forensic examination. Additional suspects and charges are expected.
Brock is currently charged with three counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor (under 18) and ten counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
Stewart is charged with one count of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
Promoting a sex performance by a minor (under 18) is a Class-C felony, punishable by five to ten years in prison. The additional charges are both Class-D felonies, punishable by one to five years in prison. Both men were lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.