FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2018) – Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced that a 54-year-old Russell County man has been found guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography.
On Friday, Sept. 14, a Russell County jury found Robert Helton, of Russell Springs, guilty on five counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and five counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, class D felonies.
The three-day jury trial resulted in guilty verdicts on all counts. The presiding judge at sentencing, set for Nov. 13, 2018, will determine a final sentence.
The charges against Helton stem from a March 2014 investigation by the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Criminal Investigations, Cyber Crimes Branch.
At the time, investigators executed a search warrant at Helton’s home in Russell Springs, and determined someone at the residence was using a computer to share and possess images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children.
Investigators seized computers and electronic devices, and following an investigation and forensic exam by the Cyber Crimes Branch, Helton was indicted on the 10 counts by a Russell County grand jury in June 2014.