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KSP Charges Bell County Man with Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Date of News Release: 04/13/2016

(Calvin, Ky.) - On April 12, 2016, at approximately 5:50 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by KSP Post 10 in Harlan, arrested Jimmy B. Mason, 45, on charges related to possession and distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Mason was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at Mason's residence on March 24, 2016. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP's forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

Mason is currently charged with one count of possession and one count of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. The charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.

Mason was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.