Sandy Hook man arrested

Nicholas Paul Kelley from Sandy Hook was one of 11 arrested as alleged sexual predators.

FRANKFORT — An online child predator sting netted 11 suspects, including a Sandy Hook truck driver, Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced Monday.

Nicolas Paul Kelly, 27, of Sandy Hook, was arraigned along with 10 other suspects Monday in Campbell County District Court after they were enticed to show up at a Campbell County residence where they expected to engage in sex with a 13-year-old with whom they’d been chatting online.

Some of the alleged predators drove more than 225 miles to the rendezvous, Stumbo said during Monday’s press conference. Others arrested and arraigned were Donny Emmert, 30, of Groverport, Ohio; Timothy L. Kyne, 42, of Indianapolis; Charles D. McAllister, 31, of Hyden, Ky.; Anthony Orangias, 39, of Culver, Ind.; David L. Quist, 46, of Fort Thomas, Ky.; James C. Rauch, 59, of Cincinnati; Richard Springmeier, 48, of Cincinnati; Paul Westwood, 45, of Monroe, Ohio; and Dennis M. Wissel, 45, of Reading, Ohio.

“Last Thursday through Sunday these men, ages 24 to 59, drove from cities across Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio to a home in Highland Heights, Ky., expecting to meet up with a 13-year-old child they had been chatting with online,” Stumbo said.

Instead, they were surprised to find law enforcement officials waiting for them. Now, each is in jail on charges of unlawful transaction with a minor in the first degree – a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison. Each is on a $100,000 cash bond.

Stumbo said two of the men thought they were to meet a 13-year-old boy; the others thought they were meeting a 13-year-old girl.

This is the second such sting conducted by Stumbo’s office. The first resulted in seven arrests in Louisville last October and 33 cases from the sting have been referred to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office. Stumbo said Monday he expects several more cases from the sting last week to result in further investigations.

Stumbo said the sting had three goals: to get these particular alleged predators off the streets and send a message to others that the young child they think they are to meet may be a police officer; to alert parents to the danger to their children online; and make the children themselves aware of the dangers of meeting people encountered online.

The sting used volunteers from a watchdog group, “Perverted Justice,” to chat with the alleged sexual predators. The group has worked in the past with Dateline NBC and with other law enforcement agencies.

Also working on the sting were Campbell County Commonwealth Attorney Jack Porter; the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation, an arm of Stumbo’s office; the Highland Heights and Campbell County Police Departments, the Campbell County Jailer, and the Regional Organized Crime Information Center.





Editor's notes: All the suspects' names are as they were provided by the AG office.You can find mug shots of all at the following site:

http://ag.ky.gov/photos/Apr2007sexualpredatorstingmugshots.htm



RONNIE ELLIS writes for CNHI News Service and is based in Frankfort. Reach him at rellis@cnhi.com.

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