Madison County

Richmond man charged with going online to try to arrange for sex with a minor

Owen P. Taylor
Owen P. Taylor

Police arrested a Richmond man Tuesday for attempting to procure a minor for sex, authorities said.

The electronic crime branch of Kentucky State Police, with the help of Richmond police, went undercover as part of an Internet Crimes Against Children investigation, according to a Kentucky State Police news release.

The investigation began after a post by Owen P. Taylor, 49, on a "popular website," according to the news release. Police did not release the name of the website because of an ongoing investigation.

In his post, Taylor expressed interest in performing sexual acts with a minor, according to the release.

Several electronic devices were taken in the arrest because police do not know which device in particular was used, state police Sgt. Mike Bowling said.

Taylor is charged with prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor for sex, a class D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison. He is being held in the Madison County jail.