An undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation by the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch led to the arrest Tuesday afternoon of an Elizabethtown man.
Billy Joe Chesser — identified in part by his tattoos according to an arrest citation — was arrested and charged with multiple felony sex offenses involving a minor.
Chesser, 38, is charged with 10 counts of use of a minor under the age of 16 in a sexual performance.
The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after allegedly discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online, according to a KSP news release.
While reviewing a cyber tip, police observed on video an adult male naked from the waist down with several tattoos over multiple areas of his body, the arrest citation said.
Chesser was seen in the video sexually abusing a girl between 10 and 12 years of age, the citation alleges.
The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant Tuesday at Chesser’s home. Equipment was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination, according to the release.
The investigation is ongoing.
He is charged with 10 Class B felonies punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted. He is being held in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond in the Hardin County Detention Center.
He is scheduled to appear Oct. 11 in Hardin District Court.