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Three Northern Kentucky men face child porn charges in statewide online predator roundup

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Posted at 3:34 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 22:04:32-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Three Northern Kentucky men have been arrested and charged in a statewide online predator roundup, Attorney General Andy Beshear said Monday.

Beshear named Phillip Farley, 45, of Walton; Barry Moravec, 63, of Burlington, and Scott Hardesty, 47, of Independence.

Farley was charged with 20 counts of possession of a matter portraying the sexual performance by a minor and one count of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Both are Class D felonies.

Moravec was charged him with 25 counts of possession.

Hardesty faces four counts of possession.

In all, 10 men were arrested and charged with more than 400 felony counts of possessing child pornography or soliciting a minor, Beshear said. The 10-day operation, called Operation Shielded Child, invoved Beshear's Cyber Crimes Unit and local law enforcement in Boone and Kenton counties, as well as  Allen, Franklin, Garrard, Hardin, Jessamine, Scott and Shelby counties.