Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 7, 2013

Greenup man indicted on child porn charges

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

GREENUP — A Greenup County man has been indicted for allegedly having images of child pornography on his computer.

Grand jurors charged Leslie W. Boggs, 28, of Greenup, with seven counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and eight counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Each of the counts is a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of one to five years. However, under state sentencing guidelines, Class D sentences can only be stacked to a maximum of 20 years.

The alleged offenses occurred on Oct. 21 and March 20, according to court records. The distribution counts charge Boggs with sending or causing to be sent into and/or bringing or causing to be brought into Kentucky for sale or distribution, and/or exhibiting, distributing, offering to distribute or having in his possession with intent to distribute various photographs and videos portraying sexual performances by minors.

The other counts allege Boggs had in his possession or control computer files containing videos depicting actual sexual performances by minors.

The file names indicate the children in the videos range in age from 7 to 12, records state.

The case was investigated by the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crimes Branch in Frankfort.

In an unrelated case, grand jurors charged a man with 12 counts of first-degree sexual abuse for allegedly subjecting a young girl to sexual contact over a five-year period.

The charges against Edward Eugene White, 70, of Greenup, are all Class felonies, each carrying a five- to 10-year prison sentence.

The alleged crimes occurred between June 1, 2001, and July 31, 2006. The alleged victim was incapable of consenting to the sexual activity because she was younger than 12 at the time, according to the indictment.

A grand jury indictment is a formal accusation of a crime and does not establish guilt.

Others named in true bills returned recently by the grand jury were:

Brian S. Dawson, 46, of Minford, Ohio, charged with theft and with second-degree persistent felony offender.

Earl James Brown, 34, of Greenup, charged with third-degree burglary, theft and first-degree persistent felony offender.

Cathy M. Roark, 35, of Flatwoods, charged with making false statements to obtain unemployment benefits.

Aaron D. Hunter, 42, of Greenup, charged with second-offense driving on a DUI-suspended license, third-offense driving under the influence, resisting arrest and second-degree persistent felony offender.

Carl E. Thompson, 47, of Raceland, charged with first-degree burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and first-degree persistent felony offender.

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