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Covington man gets 5 years on child porn charges

Posted at 1:19 PM, Jan 26, 2016

COVINGTON, Ky. -- A guilty plea for distributing child pornography has put William Summerlin, 32, of Covington, Kentucky, behind bars on a five-year sentence at the Kenton County Detention Center. 

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Tuesday that Summerlin was sentenced earlier this month, after entering a guilty plea in September 2015 to two counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. As part of his sentencing, he was ordered into a sex offender treatment program.

Summerlin was arrested by the Kenton County Sheriff’s Office at his home in March 2015 and was indicted by a Kenton County Grand Jury after an investigation by the attorney general’s cyber crimes unit found child porn on his electronic media.

“Our families are safer with another child sex offender behind bars,” said Beshear, in a statement. “I applaud the tireless work of my cyber crimes unit, the Kenton County Sheriff’s Office and (Kenton County prosecutor) Rob Sanders's office to ensure justice is served to those who prey on our children. It is a top priority of my office to protect our most vulnerable children.”