A 27-year-old Lexington National Guardsman has been charged with five counts of distributing child pornography, Kentucky State Police announced Wednesday.
Ryan L. Diaz was arrested about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday after an undercover investigation by the state police Electronic Crime Branch. Investigators discovered Diaz sharing digital images of child sexual exploitation, police said. Diaz pleaded not guilty Wednesday.
Diaz works at Fresh Market and is in the National Guard, according to his attorney Edward Thompson.
A search warrant was executed Monday at Diaz's home. Equipment was seized for examination.
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The charges against Diaz are felonies punishable by one to five years in prison. Diaz was taken to the Fayette County jail.
Diaz has previously been held in the jail on traffic-related offenses, including driving under the influence in 2014 and operating on a suspended license and expired plates in 2011.
Diaz is next due in court Sept. 16.