A Scott County Emergency Management captain was arrested Wednesday after a federal criminal complaint that charged him with possessing child pornography, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Eric Dwayne Westerfield, 38, of Georgetown admitted that he used the file sharing program LimeWire to download images of child pornography, the news release says. The affidavit alleges that a DVD seized by authorities from Westerfield's home on Citation Court in March contained about eight sexually explicit images of children as young as 10.
The release says state police also discovered three images of suspected child exploitation on Westerfield's computer.
The U.S. attorney's office said the investigation started in September 2008, when a state police detective performed a forensic exam on a computer belonging to Walter Hardin, 28, of Magoffin County, and found sexually explicit chats about female minors between Hardin and another person. Further investigation revealed that the other person was Westerfield, they said.
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Hardin, a former deputy judge-executive in Magoffin, pleaded guilty in March to coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct and receiving child pornography.
Westerfield, who has been suspended with pay, will appear in U.S. District Court in Lexington at 3 p.m. Monday for a probable cause and detention hearing.