In what he told investigators was an effort on his part “to get noticed,” Louisville resident Anthony Edwards emailed a bunch of dirty pictures to Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, John Boehner, Ron Paul, Mitch McConnell, and Kentucky’s Attorney General, Jack Conway. The email got him noticed.
The email, with its sexually explicit photos, contained the subject line “Kentucky Freedom?” and the message of the email contained political babblings; focusing on the "sovereignty of the Commonwealth of Kentucky." Edwards claimed to be acting on behalf of an organization calling itself the "United Kentucky Liberation Front."
On Friday, General Conway and David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, jointly announced today that Edwards was indicted by federal grand jury on charges he possessed and transmitted child pornographic images. Edwards was taken into custody on June 9. If convicted, Edwards faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison. He faces maximum potential penalties of 30 years in prison, a $500,000 fine and supervised release of at least five years and it could be any term of years including life.
Edwards is accused of sending an email message from United Kentucky Liberation Front to the Kentucky Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection on August 6, 2010. The email included 12 attached image files. The same message was addressed to 32 separate email addresses, including the political action committees of Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, U.S. Representatives John Boehner and Ron Paul, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and the Governor of the state of Mississippi.
According to an affidavit in support of a Kentucky state search warrant by an investigator with General Conway's Cybercrimes Unit, seven of the attached images included matter portraying the sexual performance by a minor. Five of the images depicted adult pornography.
Andrews admitted to the investigators that he had searched the Internet for the images attached to the August 6, 2010, email and that he knew some of the images were illegal. He also told them that he had attached the “shocking” images in order for the message “to get noticed.”
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless. Edwards appeared for arraignment and a detention hearing Friday in United States District Court in Louisville. The U.S. Attorney’s office made a point of reminding us that a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
CORRECTION: Initially, this article included information to the effect that to a FaceBook page maintained by “Uklf James Wilkensen”claimed that the United Kentucky Liberation Front was affiliated with the Communist Party of Kentucky. On July 11, 2011, we received the following communication from the Communist Party of Kentucky: "This man is NOT affiliated with the Communist Party of Kentucky. His profile was a fan of our party on Facebook. We have no control over who likes our page on Facebook." We regret this error.
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