Emergency official faces federal child porn charges

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An emergency management official from Scott County has been re-arrested and now faces federal child pornography charges.

Court papers say Eric Dwayne Westerfield admitted to using a file sharing program to download explicit images of children.

Investigators say it appears he was using the internet to work with another man who's been found guilty of similar charges.

Investigators first seized a DVD from Westerfield's home with what they say contained lewd images in March.

That's when he was first charged with multiple counts of possessing child pornography.

According to the affidavit, the investigation started in September 2008 when a Kentucky State Police detective performed a forensic exam on the computer of 28-year-old Walter Hardin of Magoffin County.

The detective says he discovered sexually explicit chats about minor females on Yahoo! Messenger between Hardin and another individual.

A further investigation revealed that other person was Eric Westerfield.

Hardin, the then-Deputy Judge in Magoffin County used the name mcdeputyjudge2007, according to investigators, and Westerfield allegedly used the name hottstuffoncam.

During one of their conversations, detectives say Westerfield told Hardin that he was a man from Georgetown who had a 12-year-old daughter who he had sexually abused.

Later, it was determined Westerfield did not have a 12-year-old daughter.

Detectives say they also found evidence on Limewire, a music and video downloading site.

According to the affidavit, Westerfield searched terms such as kiddie, lolita preteen and kiddie sex when searching for child pornography.

Another image, according to the report, was of a five to seven-year-old nude female engaging in sexual activity with an adult man.

Westerfield has been suspended with pay and will appear in U.S. District court in Lexington on Monday.

The former Deputy Judge Walter Hardin, pleaded guilty in March to coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct and receiving child pornography.

If convicted of possession of child pornography, Eric Westerfield could face up to ten years in prison.

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