An undercover investigation by the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch has led to the arrest of a Hardin County man, according to a state police news release.

John Coffey Jr., 19, is charged with two counts of first offense possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted; one count of prohibited use of electronic means to procure a minor, also a Class D felony; one count of promoting sexual act by a minor under 18, a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted, and one count of first offense distribution of obscene matter to a minor, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison, if convicted.

Coffey was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation, according to the release. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after reportedly discovering the suspect communicating with a juvenile online to include the request and exchange of nude photographs, the release said.

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant Wednesday at a residence in Fair­dale. Equipment believed to have been used in the communication was seized and taken to the state police’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

Coffey is being held in the Har­din County Detention Center.

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