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Friday, May 24, 2019

Cyber Crimes Unit Arrest Leads to Indictment of Alexandria Man

A 32-year-old resident of Alexandria has been indicted for seeking sex with a minor online. The Kenton County Grand Jury charged Kevin J. Schwarber with one count of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor or peace officer for a sex offense, a Class D felony. The KY Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Covington Police Department, arrested Kevin J. Schwarber in March.

The arrest was the result of a nearly month long investigation into Schwarber's online activities, which was initiated after he contacted an undercover detective posing as a minor online. Schwarber requested details about the minor persona's sexual history, requested to receive sexual images and sent sexually explicit images of himself over the internet.

Schwarber was located by detectives through his internet use and was taken into custody at his place of employment in Covington. Schwarber spent one day in the Kenton County Detention Center before posting a $2,500 cash bond.

The Cyber Crimes Unit, an affiliate agency of the Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, routinely uses advanced techniques to locate and apprehend suspects who otherwise operate in the shadows of the internet.

Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said their office receives an alarming number of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) cases. "The only limit on the number of these cases is the limited amount of law enforcement dedicated to investigating them." Sanders said along with the Cyber Crimes Unit at the Attorney General's Office, Kentucky State Police, Kenton County Police, and Covington Police have investigators trained in ICAC cases. "The Internet can be just as scary as the real world and parents should be just as vigilant about their children's online activities as they are about where children go and with whom they associate," said Sanders.

Sanders encouraged parents to utilize Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky’s Internet Safety Toolkit, which was developed with support from the Child Victim’s Trust Fund. It provides information and resources to help Kentuckians talk with children about appropriate use of the internet. Sanders reminds Kentuckians that they have a moral and legal duty to report any instance of child abuse to local law enforcement or to Kentucky’s Child Abuse hotline at 877-597-2331 or 877-KYSAFE1.

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