FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) -- A northern Kentucky man faces promoting human trafficking and other charges for allegedly seeking sex with a minor online.
The Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigations say Joshua A. Nicholas, 33, of Walton, was arrested in Franklin County with the assistance of Frankfort and Louisville police.
He was charged on one count each of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor or peace officer for a sex offense, a Class D felony; attempted use of a minor under 16 in a sex performance, a Class C felony; and promoting human trafficking, victim under 18, a Class C felony.
Class C felonies carry a potential 5- to 10-year prison term, while those convicted of a Class D felony can receive 1-5 years in prison, so Nicholas could spend up to 25 years behind bars, if convicted.
The AG’s office says they began their investigation when Nicholas allegedly contacted an undercover detective posing as a minor online. After being advised of their age, Nicholas requested details about the persona’s sexual history, requested to receive sexual images and offered to pay them for sex acts.
Nicholas was taken into custody after traveling to a location in Franklin County to meet what he thought was a child in person. Upon being arrested, he admitted to offering payment to a person he believed to be a minor for sex acts in violation of the law. Law enforcement seized cash and other items related to the offense during the arrest.
“We appreciate our police department partners who stand ready to assist us in removing child predators from Kentucky communities,” said Beshear. “Every day we are committed to carrying out our mission of protecting children and building safer communities for all our Kentucky families.”
Nicholas is currently being held without bond at Franklin County Regional Jail, pending his arraignment at Franklin District Court.