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McCracken Co. man accused of sex crimes involving minors

Tracy T. Hayden (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) Tracy T. Hayden (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

McCracken County officials say they have arrested a man accused of committing sexual crimes, including soliciting minors for sex.

On Thursday, the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department received information that inappropriate activities had been occurring between a McCracken County adult and three young children.

The adult was identified as Tracey Terrell Hayden, 27, of McCracken County.

Victims reported that Hayden had sent a nude photograph of himself to a child that was under the age of 13, and solicited three different children, all under the age of 14, to engage with him in sexual activities.

The investigation revealed that this inappropriate contact happened between Hayden and two of the children within the past few weeks.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for Hayden’s phone and residence on Thursday afternoon and executed the warrant at around 3 p.m.

The investigation revealed that Hayden had tried to conceal some of the material on his electronic device, but admitted in an interview that the allegations were true.

Hayden was originally charged and lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail with one count of unlawful use of electronic means originating or receiving within the commonwealth to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities - prohibition of multiple convictions arising from single course of conduct - solicitation as evidence as intent.

Detectives continued their investigation which resulted in additional charges being filed against Hayden on Friday.

In total, Hayden faces the following charges:

  • Three counts of unlawful use of electronic means originating or receiving within the commonwealth to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities - prohibition of multiple convictions arising from single course of conduct - solicitation as evidence as intent
  • One count of distribution of obscene matter to minors
  • Two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree

Hayden was lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail without incident.

This investigation is ongoing.

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