Yesterday, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch located, interviewed, and arrested 32-year-old Roy Alan Tiefel of Menifee County on charges related to a child sexual abuse material investigation.
Tiefel was interviewed 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 and soliciting sexually explicit images of a minor from an online social media account.
The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant for Tiefel’s cellular phones in Mount Sterling on October 11, 2023. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination.
Tiefel is currently charged with one count of promoting a minor under the age of 18 in a sexual performance. This charge is a Class-C felony punishable by five to ten years in prison. He is also charged with one count of possessing matter portraying a minor over the age of 12 but under 18 in a sexual performance, and one count of procuring or promoting the use of a minor by an electronic means. These two charges are Class-D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison. Lastly, Tiefel was charged with distributing obscene matter to a minor. This charge is a Class-A misdemeanor punishable by up to 365 days in jail. Tiefel was lodged in the Montgomery County Regional Detention Center.
Cases similar to this are what the Madison County Sheriff’s Department are hoping to control with the hiring of Anthony Gatson that was announced last week. Gatson will serve as Madison Counties Liaison in the ICAC in hopes of limiting the number of these cases that might pop up here in the place we call home.