Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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November 15, 2012

Child-porn case

Former area man back in Kentucky

GREENUP — A former Flatwoods resident arrested in Florida last month after authorities found a large cache of child pornography at his former residence has been returned to Kentucky.

James K. Raasch, 71, was apprehended in Clearwater on a warrant charging him with 1,000 counts of possession of material portraying sexual performance by a minor, Kentucky State Police at Ashland said.

Raasch was brought to the Greenup County Detention Center on Wednesday, according to the jail’s website. A deputy in the Greenup Circuit Clerk’s Office said his arraignment would take place either Thursday or today before Greenup District Judge Brian McCloud.

The KSP launched an investigation after it received a report of “numerous images” of child pornography discovered in Raasch’s former residence on Clay Street in Flatwoods. During the course of the investigation, troopers found several thousand images in the home and in separate storage units rented by Raasch.

Investigators learned Raasch had recently moved to Florida. Local authorities there were contacted and Raasch was taken into custody.

The FBI and Flatwoods Police Department also assisted.

Possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor is a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of one to five years. If he is convicted, Raasch could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison because, under the law, Class D sentences can only be stacked to maximum of that.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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