SECOND UPDATE 08/22 9:47PM: A prominent Madison County businessman was arrested late Wednesday evening after a grand jury indicted him on multiple counts of child pornography possession, distributing obscene matter, using electronic communication to procure a minor, use of a minor in a sexual performance and tampering with physical evidence.

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Scotty D. Johnson, 48, Autumnwood Drive, Richmond, was arrested following an investigation by the Kentucky State Police, Post 7. According to Johnson’s indictment warrant, between the fall of 2017 and April of 2019, Johnson pretended to be a teenager on Snapchat in order to get victims to send explicit photos to him.

The indictment also states he sent videos of a female to the minors in an attempt to procure the illicit images.

Johnson deleted the Snapchat conversations and application from his phone in an effort to hide the evidence after the victim learned they were not talking to another teen. The indictment also states he deleted the application from his phone knowing an investigation had been or could be initiated.

In 2018, Johnson ran as the democratic candidate for district two magistrate, before ultimately losing to Roger Barger in the general election.

He also served as assistant vice president of Central Bank in Richmond, but according to banking officials, Johnson is no longer employed there as of a few weeks ago.

Johnson has served on several boards in the area, including the chamber of commerce. He was also on the Model Lab School Council, but has since been removed from the online listing.

“Scott Johnson holds no current position with Model or EKU. We cannot offer any additional comment on a pending criminal case,” Kristi Middleton, Chief External Affairs Officer at Eastern, said.

Johnson was indicted by a Madison County grand jury and charged with seven counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance; seven counts of child porn possession; two counts of evidence tampering; prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor; and seven counts of distributing obscene matter.

He was booked into the Madison County Detention Center, where he remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

The investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 7 Detective Cameron Allen and Trooper Jamie Smith.

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ORIGINAL STORY 08/22 10:29 AM: The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post arrested Scott Johnson, 48, of Richmond, on Wednesday as a result of an ongoing investigation.

The initial investigation alleges that Scott Johnson created an account through a popular cellphone app, and used his profile to communicate and solicit a juvenile for sexual images, according to a KSP release.

Johnson was indicted by the Madison County Grand Jury and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center charged with seven counts of Use of a Minor in a Sexual Performance, Seven Counts of Possess or View Matter Portray Sexual Performance by a Minor, Two Counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence, Prohibited Use of Electronic Communication System to Procure a Minor, and Seven Counts of Distribution of Obscene Matter.

The investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 7 Detective Cameron Allen and Trooper Jamie Smith.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated.

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