The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch Thursday arrested 39-year-old Christopher R. Welch on charges related to prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor.
According to a release from KSP, Welch was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect communicating with a 14-year-old female online.
The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Monticello. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.
Welch is currently charged with one count of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure minor and 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Both charges are Class-D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison. Welch was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.