Franklin County, KY

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Franklin County is located in northern Kentucky. Its county seat is Frankfort, the state capital.  Prostitution and sex trafficking are well-documented problems within the county since the 1980s.  A recent case involved state legislators and police officers allegedly involved in a prostitution ring in Franklin County.  Among the tactics used to address these crimes are reverse stings.  For example, in January 2018 four men were charged for allegedly traveling to Frankfort to have sex with a minor after making arrangements online, according to an announcement by the attorney general.  “Operation Shielded Child” was a web based reverse sting focused on finding those who solicit minors for sex online and possess or distribute child pornography. The Cyber Crimes Unit led the sting. The names and photos of the arrestees were publicly disclosed.

In May, 2019, four men were arrested in a two-day undercover “Operation Shielded Child” predator sting in Franklin County.  The Cyber Crimes Unit conducted the operation in as part of its mission to arrest those who seek sex with children online and produce, possess or distribute child pornography.  AG cyber investigators made the arrests with the assistance of the Frankfort Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Jail, Lexington Police Department and Louisville Metro Police Department.

Key Partners

  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Frankfort Police Department
  • Cyber Crimes Unit
  • Attorney General’s Office
  • Lexington Police Department
  • Louisville Metro Police Department

Key Sources

Web Based Reverse Stings:


  • “Pastor in Frankfort Accused of Soliciting 2 for Prostitution,” Lexington Herald-Leader, August 12 1988.

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State Kentucky
Type County
Population 50485
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