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Kentucky man pleads guilty to trying to have sex with a minor

Posted at 10:37 AM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 11:03:45-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A man from Walton, Kentucky, pleaded guilty recently for trying to engage in sexual activity with a minor after an investigation carried out by the state's Cyber Crimes Unit.

Joshua Allen Nicholas, 33, pleaded guilty to five counts of unlawful use of electronic means to engage a minor in illegal sexual activity after the Attorney General's Department of Criminal Investigation's Cyber Crimes Unit investigated his online activity.

“Our Cyber Crimes Unit within the Department of Criminal Investigations works tirelessly to investigate sophisticated, electronic crimes to aid [the] Commonwealth’s Attorneys in the prosecution of complex cases,” Kentucky's Attorney General Daniel Cameron said.

Because Nicholas entered a guilty plea, he will serve three years in a Kentucky state prison and will be a registered sex offender for 20 years.

Franklin County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Zach Becker said, "I thank the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit for their exemplary job in this case to effectuate this duty before any permanent damage was done to a child of this Commonwealth.”