Police arrest two men in Kentucky for child porn. One was a middle school teacher

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FRANKFORT, KY – After an investigation headed by the Kentucky Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit, two 33-year-old men were arrested under charges related to child pornography. What’s scarier in all this, is that one of them is a school teacher.

Police recently took into custody Robert Alan Thompson and Matthew Alexander Lyons, and their charges are the stuff of nightmares when you’re a parent.

Thompson was hemmed up on two counts of possession of child pornography, thanks to the efforts taken during the AG’s CCU investigation. Apparently, at the time of Thompson’s arrest, he was a teacher with Hardin County Schools and had previously been employed with Franklin County Public Schools.

Police arrest two men in Kentucky for child porn.  One was a middle school teacher
Robert Thompson – LaRue County Detention Center

Officials from HCS terminated Thompson’s employment with West Hardin Middle School as of April 22nd, in light of the allegations against the former teacher.

As for Lyons, he’s been hit with a laundry list of charges that could see him put away for a very long time.

Lyons was charged with 100 counts of possession of child pornography, one count of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor for a sex offense, two counts of the use of a minor under 18 in a sexual performance and two counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Police arrest two men in Kentucky for child porn.  One was a middle school teacher
Matthew Lyons – Hardin County Detention Center

Authorities landed the two arrests after a request was drafted by the Radcliff police to get a digital forensic analysis on certain devices to aid an active investigation.

Upon getting the results back on the devices, police found that there was a chat that occurred between Lyon and Thompson back in 2018 where some indecent images of children were involved.

The two suspects were booked in different jails for the charges, with Thompson at the LaRue County Detention Center in Hodgenville and Lyons at the Hardin County Detention Center in Elizabethtown.

While in Pacucah, Kentucky, a massive wrong was finally made right – thanks to a little bit of federal intervention. Still, better late than never. 

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Despite former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s best efforts to pardon sex offenders, like 24-year-old Dayton Jones, the federal government has found a way to correct that nonsense.

While Bevin did successfully pardon Jones last year for the 2014 sodomy of a 15-year-old boy, the feds used the same crime and charged Jones for disseminating child pornography since a video was shared online of the act.

The Department of Justice made the announcement of new charges for the 2014 crime against Jones on April 7th. Now, while some folks may think “double jeopardy”, these are federal charges – not state.

The amazing thing about the United States is that the federal government and the state government are considered “dual sovereigns”. What this means is that the federal government can prosecute an individual for a criminal act if it happens to violate both state and federal law, even after someone served their “state time”.

U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman stated the following about the charge brought against Jones:

“This prosecution is about one thing and one thing only, Mr. Jones’ conduct in harming someone’s child in the Western District of Kentucky in violation of federal law.

It serves as a reminder that despite these uncertain times, Kentucky families are well-served by some inspiring federal, state, and local law enforcement professionals that put themselves at risk to protect our kids.”

You can safely bet that Jones won’t be able to fight a conviction either. This is because he already pled guilty in the previous state case to sodomy, wanton endangerment, and distribution of material depicting the sexual performance of a minor.

Robert Brown from the FBI’s Louisville Field Office remarked the following on the case as well:

“FBI Louisville stands ready, alongside our federal, state, and local partners, to find and hold accountable criminals who seek to exploit one of our most vulnerable populations, our children.”

Upon conviction, Jones will be looking at anywhere between 15 to 30 years in prison. Not to mention, everyone knows how popular child-sex offenders are in the prison yard.

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