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The Kentucky State Police’s (KSP) electronic crime branch has announced another local arrest on charges related to an investigation into child pornography.

William Brandon Combs, 27, of Burnside, faces one count of promoting a minor under 16 into a sexual performance – a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison – and five counts of possession of material representing a minor over 12 years of age in a sexual performance. This charge is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.

Combs was questioned and arrested on Tuesday following a secret Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation into incidents dating back to October 2020. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch opened the investigation after discovering the suspect was communicating and exchanging sexually explicit images with minors online.

The investigation also resulted in the execution of a search warrant at 134 Tateville Antioch Rd, Burnside. Equipment that authorities say was used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

Combs was originally housed at the Pulaski County Detention Center, but was no longer among the detainees at press time on Wednesday afternoon.

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force is made up of more than 26 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, established by the United States Department of Justice and administered by the Kentucky State Police, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies develop a response to investigations into cyber-incitement and child sexual abuse. This support includes forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education.

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