A Franklin County man, accused of prostituting a 15-year-old girl for money, was charged with human trafficking Saturday.
Jonathan Wade Diaz, 19, was arrested about 3:30 a.m. Saturday at a motel in Frankfort after he accepted money in exchange for sex with the girl, said Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton. He was arrested immediately after the exchange of money.
The girl was found at the motel and was reunited with her family, Melton said.
A joint undercover investigation began after the Franklin County Sheriff's Office received information about the trafficking of underage girls. Georgetown police and the state attorney general's office participated in the investigation.
Melton said Diaz used a cellphone and social media to arrange meetings with men to prostitute underage females. Investigators and a confidential informant were able to get in contact with Diaz.
Diaz allegedly had arranged to prostitute three 15-year-old girls, Melton said.
He said Diaz might have trafficked other girls in Frankfort and Lexington.
"He'd tell the girls that the older the guys were, the more money they'll make," Melton said.
Under Kentucky law, a child is unable to consent to sex if he or she is younger than 18.
The girls' safety was investigators' primary concern, Melton said.
Additional charges are likely, Melton said, once investigators secure a search warrant for Diaz's cellphone.
Franklin County officials are scheduled to present the case to a grand jury next week.
Melton urged parents to know what their children are doing on social media and who they are meeting.
Diaz was being held in the Franklin County jail on a $25,000 full cash bond.