A Richmond man has received the state’s maximum sentence for possessing child pornography and creating images he made while sexually abusing a two-month old infant, according to information from the state Attorney General’s office.
This week, a Madison Circuit Court jury found Dylan Minch, 27, guilty of seven counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance under 16, a Class B felony; one count of first-degree sexual abuse, victim under 12 years of age, a Class C felony; and 40 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, a Class D felony.
“Through the diligent work of our Cyber Crimes Unit and Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith’s office, a dangerous predator has been convicted and can never harm another innocent child,” Attorney General Andy Beshear said in a release. “In this digital age, we must remain committed to holding accountable these types of online predators, who too often create and share this horrific content with anonymity.”
Jennifer Smith, assistant commonwealth’s attorney for the 25th Judicial Circuit, which covers Clark and Madison counties, prosecuted the case.
After 90 minutes of deliberation, the jury recommended the state’s maximum 70-year sentence for Minch. He will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
The AG’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Minch after conducting an online investigation and recovering several electronic devices from his home that contained graphic media files of children as young as infants and toddlers engaged in sexual acts.
Minch had a prior conviction for failing to register as a convicted sex offender in Michigan resulting from a juvenile conviction of a victim under 13, according to a press release.
Minch was arrested in late October 2018 on 100 counts of possessing/viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, according to a previous Register article. Officials executed a search warrant at his home and found a password-protected device, and Minch provided the password. On the device, officials found "hundreds of images and videos depicting minors engaged in a sexual performance,” a citation stated.
Minch was indicted by a grand jury on Jan. 17 on 20 counts of possession of child pornography, one count of first-degree sexual abuse and eight counts of the use of a minor 16 or younger in a sex performance.
The court has set formal sentencing for Dec. 19.
The Cyber Crimes Unit is part of the Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that works to reduce the number of child predators pursuing Kentucky children.
Beshear reminds Kentuckians that they have a moral and legal duty to report any instance of child abuse to local law enforcement or to Kentucky’s Child Abuse hotline at 877-597-2331 or 877-KYSAFE1.