Cyber Crimes Branch search homes, uncover computers containing sexual images
“I am committed to protecting our children. Sexual exploitation is a gruesome and demoralizing crime against innocent children,” said Beshear. “Each day my office is working to protect Kentucky’s children by investigating and prosecuting those who sexually abuse children.”
On March 9, General Beshear’s Cyber Crimes Branch executed two home search warrants in Campbell County and each resulted in an arrest.
Michael A. Filacchione, 31, of Newport, was arrested after his computer was searched and found to contain images depicting the sexual exploitation of children. Filacchione was charged with four counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
Troy Knox, 30, of Newport, was also arrested when a search warrant of his home found a computer containing images depicting the sexual exploitation of children. Knox was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Knox was also charged with an outstanding bench warrant for non-payment of fines.
The Cyber Crimes Branch was assisted by law enforcement officers with the Newport Police Department.
Both Filacchione and Knox were lodged in the Campbell County Detention Center and are due to be arraigned on March 10, 2016 in Campbell County District Court. No bond has been set for either defendant.
The work of the Cyber Crimes Branch, a division of the Department of Criminal Investigations in the Office of the Attorney General, is part of Beshear’s core mission to keep sexual predators away from Kentucky’s families and children.
“The Attorney General is the chief advocate and protector for our Kentucky families, and it’s our job to partner with law enforcement at every level to take those who would exploit children off the streets to ensure our communities are safe,” Beshear said. “I want to thank the Newport Police Department for working with our investigators on this case.”