Facebook reported a tip that led to the arrest of a 25-year-old Kentucky man accused of exchanging sexual images with minors, according to the attorney general’s office.
A Facebook tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was received by the attorney general‘s office.
Investigators determined Tyler Lee Day, of Dry Ridge, allegedly targeted 15 children from multiple states, according to the attorney general’s office. Day allegedly sent sexual images of himself, requested sexual images of children, and in some cases, received images from children.
At least one of the minors was from Kentucky and was contacted through Facebook Messenger, according to a press release.
Day was taken into custody at a Dry Ridge location and charged with 12 counts of using a minor under 16 in a sexual performance, two counts of prohibited use of a communication system to procure a minor for a sex offense and two counts of distribution of obscene matter to a minor, according to the attorney general’s office.
Day was taken to the Carroll County Detention Center. He awaits an Oct. 16 preliminary hearing.
The attorney general’s office Cyber Crimes Unit worked with the Williamstown Police Department and Grant County Sheriff’s Office to make the arrest.
““Make no mistake, the internet is a treacherous place for our children and nearly every online platform or app can be exploited by sexual predators,” said Attorney General Andy Beshear, who is also running for governor. “We all have a moral and legal duty to report child abuse.”
Report any instance of child abuse to local law enforcement or to Kentucky’s Child Abuse hotline at 877-597-2331 or 877-KYSAFE1.