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Ky. youth minister faces Internet crime against children charge


Kentucky State Police say a youth minister is accused of using the Internet to make inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old girl.

David Hall, a.k.a.  "Zachary Blight Carter," was charged with unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities. He was lodged in the Boyle County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.

According to state police, they got information about the case from the Lexington Division of Police after they were contacted by the mother of the 15-year-old girl.

Police say the mother discovered inappropriate text messages and emails sent to her daughter from an unknown person. Investigators say the suspect was thought to be in Danville,  Boyle County. That's when police contacted the KSP Electronic Crime Branch (ECB).

Investigators say the teenage girl told detectives that she began communicating with the unknown person after he texted her cell phone looking for another girl.

The girl told investigators that the man claimed to be an 18-year-old University of Kentucky student named Zachary Blight Carter. She said their conversations from email and text messaging quickly became sexual. She reportedly sent the man multiple nude photos of herself at his request and he allegedly did the same.

The investigation led to 626 Denmark Drive in Danville, Ky.

On Thursday,  ECB detectives, assisted by KSP Post 7 units, executed a search warrant at that address. At the scene, detectives made contact with Hall.

During the investigation, detectives say other nude photos of what appear to be juvenile girls were found.

Identification of the children, who appear to reside in at least three other states, is ongoing. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.

State police say anyone with information about a person using the alias "Zachary Blight Carter" is asked to contact Detective Cassandra Mullins with the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch at (502)782-9769.  

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