Authorities say an Elizabethtown couple drove Monday morning to Jefferson County with plans to engage in sex with a minor with whom they had been communicating.
Instead of finding a minor, the couple found an undercover agent portraying a minor in online conversations, officials said.
According to a Kentucky Office of the Attorney General news release, Robert Dean Mitchell, 43, and Stephanie Smith, 30, were arrested in Louisville. According to the release, a 3-year-old and 6-year-old were with the couple when the arrest was made.
Each was charged with one count of prohibited use of an electronic communication system for the purpose of procuring a minor for a sex offense, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted.
Mitchell and Smith also are charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine, a Class D felony. Mitchell was charged with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor, and Smith with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
The undercover operation was part of Attorney General Andy Beshear’s Cyber Crimes Unit.
The Secret Service assisted in the arrests.
“Protecting Kentucky’s children from sexual abuse is one of my top priorities,” Beshear said in the release. “I appreciate the investigators in my office and the Secret Service for working so hard to keep our children safe.”
Mitchell and Smith are scheduled to appear today in Jefferson District Court. They are being held in the Jefferson County Detention Center in Louisville.