Police arrest man intending to meet teen in Kenton County

Detective posed as teenager online
Phillip Norris
Posted at 3:19 PM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 15:19:44-04

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. — Police arrested an Independence man accused of communicating with a teen about sex online. The suspect, however, was communicating with a Kenton County detective.

Phillip Norris, 35, is charged with prohibited use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor/peace officer.

A detective began an investigation “as a result of unsolicited contact by the suspect while on a social media network,” according to Kenton County police. The detective took on a teenage persona and communicated with Norris.

Over the course of the investigation, Norris communicated sex acts he desired to perform on the teenager, his desire to meet the teen and acknowledged that he knew he was communicating with a teenager, police said.

The suspect went to a meeting location in Kenton County Wednesday, police said, with intent to meet the teen. He is being held in the Kenton County Detention Center.

Kenton County police are investigating if Norris communicated or met with any victims. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 859-392-1952.

Kenton County officers are also willing to provide tips and information to help parents, schools and community groups keep young people safe while using the internet and social media. Call Sgt. Gary Helton at 859-392-1953 for more information.

The Kenton County Police Department is a participating agency in the Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.