A Big Clifty man is expected to be sentenced Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement, a little more than a year after he was charged with 24 felony counts of child pornography.

Brad Allen Harney, 39, accepted a 10-year sentence following an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. He was arrested Aug. 2, 2018, by the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch.

He was charged with 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and four counts of distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor — all Class D felonies punishable upon conviction by one to five years in prison.

He agreed to plead guilty to a five-year sentence on possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and five years on the distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor charges. Harney will be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of his sentence — two years.

He also must register as a lifetime sex offender upon his release and undergo treatment. He also may file a mo­tion “requesting the sentence be probated by the court; However, the Commonwealth is not in agreement with probation,” according to the plea agreement document.

Harney was arrested at his western Hardin County residence after the KSP Electronic Crime Branch began an investigation after reportedly discovering Harney uploaded images of child sexual exploitation online, according to a KSP news release.

Electronic devices be­long­ing to Harney also were taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination.

He was released from the Hardin County De­tention Center a day after his arrest on a $5,000 unsecured bond. He broke the conditions of his release and was arrested Aug. 14. He spent one day in jail before a $10,000 cash bond was posted on his behalf. He has been out of jail since awaiting adjudication.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.

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