LOCAL NEWS

 

Lebanon, KY - On Tuesday, June 23, 2020 the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Benjamin Andrew Buckland, age 31, on charges related to child sexual abuse material and illegal sexual acts with a minor. Buckland was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation.

 

The investigation was initiated after discovering the suspect was distributing and possessing prepubescent child sexual abuse material online. The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Marion County on June 23, 2020. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Buckland is currently charged with 8 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor 1st offense (Class D felony), 6 counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor 1st offense (Class D felony), 3 counts of sodomy 2nd degree (Class C felony) and 1 count of promoting sexual act by a minor under 16 years old (Class B felony). Buckland was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center.

 

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of more than 26 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the United States Department of Justice and administrated by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing a response to cyber enticement and child sexual abuse material investigations. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education. The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity of predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.