Whitesburg KY

Former Letcher man held

A former Letcher County man was arrested recently after a federal criminal complaint that charged him with possessing child pornography, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Eric Dwayne Westerfield, 38, of Georgetown, admitted that he used the file sharing program LimeWire to download images of child pornography, the news release says. The affidavit alleges that a DVD seized by authorities from Westerfield’s home in March contained about eight sexually explicit images of children as young as 10.

Westerfield has been suspended with pay from his job as captain of the Scott County Emergency Management team.

The release says state police also discovered three images of suspected child exploitation on Westerfield’s computer. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the investigation started in September 2008, when a state police detective performed a forensic exam on a computer belonging to Walter Hardin, 28, of Magoffin County, and found sexually explicit chats about female minors between Hardin and another person. Further investigation revealed that the other person was Westerfield, they said.

Hardin, a former deputy judgeexecutive in Magoffin, pleaded guilty in March to coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct and receiving child pornography.

Westerfield was being held in a federal detention center after waiving a probable cause and detention hearing in federal court last week. Westerfield is a Letcher High School graduate who formerly lived at Linefork.

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