Louisville man charged with soliciting minor for sexual images through social media

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man is facing 13 charges involving a minor after the Kentucky attorney general's office received a complaint from a southern Indiana family that a minor had been solicited for sexual images.

27-year-old Eric Clifford Sutherland was arrested Friday after an investigation by Attorney General Andy Beshear's Cyber Crimes Unit and investigators with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations, according to a news release from Beshear's office. 

The investigation was launched in July after the federal agency received an initial complaint from an Indiana family through its national reporting system and sent to the agency's Louisville field office. 

The complaint alleged that the victim, a minor, was solicited for sexual images by a Louisville adult over social media applications Instagram and Snapchat earlier this year. 

Investigators later determined Sutherland to be the suspect, and learned that he pretended to be a female when sending multiple sexual images and videos to the minor, according to Beshear's office. 

The attorney general's office said Sutherland allegedly threatened to publish images of the victim if they did not meet him in person. 

Throughout the investigation, investigators recovered account records showing Sutherland had repeatedly befriended juveniles and immediately asked for images from them. 

Officials also recovered several electronic devices containing multiple child sex abuse images from Sutherland and his home. 

After serving multiple search warrants over the course of the investigation, Sutherland was arrested and taken to Louisville Metro Corrections. 

Sutherland was charged with six counts of allegedly possessing child porn, six counts of alleged use of a minor in a sexual performance and one count of allegedly seeking sex with a minor through electronic communication. 

He's being held at Metro Corrections on a $75,000 full cash bond and will appear in court on Aug. 7. 

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