Posted: Aug 28, 2012 2:32 PM
A British national was taken into custody Monday at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington after a nearly three month investigation by the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch.
Solomon Waters, 41, of London, England, is charged with multiple state and federal crimes as a result of the investigation. He is being held in the Fayette County Detention Center.
Waters was arrested as a result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation involving illegal Internet activity occurring from his home in England into the United States. The investigation culminated with Waters traveling to Kentucky, where he believed he was meeting a minor female, but instead was met by law enforcement upon arrival.
Officers from the Blue Grass Airport, Lexington Division of Police, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch all participated in the operation.
Lt. Shane Bates, commander of the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch commented on the operation.
"There were a lot of things that had to go perfect for this operation to be successful," said Bates. "Only by the cooperative efforts of law enforcement officials on the US and British side were we able to have a positive outcome. We are fortunate that we can reach out anywhere in the world and find partners that are willing to help fight child exploitation. This case serves as yet another reminder that Internet related child sexual exploitation is truly a global concern."
The Kentucky State Police is the lead law enforcement agency for the state's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The ICAC program is a national network of 61 coordinated local task forces engaged in both proactive and reactive investigations, as well as community education. The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children using the Internet, the proliferation of unlawful images, and the heightened online activity by predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.
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