AG: Bell County man pleads guilty to child porn charges


FRANKFORT – In an effort to better protect Kentucky’s children, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Thursday the guilty plea of a Bell County man to four counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

The guilty plea this week by Roger Miracle Jr., of Miracle, stems from a March 2013 search by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit of the 31-year-old’s residence where investigators seized several computers as part of an investigation into the possession of images depicting the sexual exploitation of children.

The work of the Cyber Crimes Unit, a branch of the Department of Criminal Investigations in the Office of the Attorney General, is part of Beshear’s core mission to keep sexual predators away from Kentucky’s families and children.

“The Attorney General is the chief advocate and protector for our Kentucky families, and it’s our job to partner with law enforcement at every level to take those who would exploit children off the streets to ensure our communities are safer,” Beshear said.

During the investigation, the Cyber Crimes Unit was assisted by the Kentucky State Police and the Department of Homeland Security. The investigation was part of the Homeland Security Investigations’ Operation Predator initiative and utilized technical resources of the Child Rescue Coalition.

The office of Bell County Commonwealth’s Attorney Karen Greene Blondell prosecuted the case, and is recommending a 10-year sentence.

Miracle, who is out on bond, is due back in Bell County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. March 7 for final sentencing.

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