A Walton, Kentucky man was arrested Thursday after investigators said he sought out sex with a minor online, according to a press release from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Joshua Nicholas, 33, contacted an undercover detective posing as a minor online and asked for details on the child persona’s sexual history, requested sexual images and offered to pay them for sex acts, the release states. Nicholas agreed to meet the child persona in person in Franklin County, where he was arrested.
According to the release, Nicholas admitted to offering payment to a person he believed to be a minor for sex acts. Cash was found on Nicholas’s person at the time of the arrest.
“We appreciate our police department partners who stand ready to assist us in removing child predators from Kentucky communities,” Attorney General Andy Beshear said in the press release. “Every day we are committed to carrying out our mission of protecting children and building safer communities for all our Kentucky families.”
Nicholas is charged with using electronic communication to procure a sex offense with a minor, attempted sexual use of a minor under 16 and promoting human trafficking with a minor, according to the release. He is being held at the Franklin County Regional Jail pending a bond decision.
The Department of Criminal Investigations, Cyber Crimes Branch, the Louisville Metro Police Department and the Frankfort Police Department assisted in Nicholas’ arrest.