Ky. Policeman arrested after “sexually explicit” conversations
An Augusta Police Department officer was arrested after allegedly engaging in “sexually explicit” conversations online with someone he believed to be an underage, but who was actually an officer from Minnesota.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office said it was informed on Tuesday that Ryan Hill, 29, of Hebron, had had discussions with an undercover agent from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension – Human Trafficking Investigator’s Task Force.
In discussions on a social media app for several days, Hill, who believed to be speaking to a 15-year-old girl, “described in detail the sexual acts he wanted her to perform,” the press release said.
The sheriff’s office said Hill identified himself as a police officer during the conversations.
After the Boone County Sheriff’s Office was notified by law enforcement in Minnesota, Boone County detectives confirmed Hill’s identity, conducted an investigation, and arrested him on Friday morning, reported they stated in the ad posted on Facebook.
The Augusta Police Department said in a press release Friday afternoon that Hill had been with the department since May on probation but “effective immediately” is no longer employed there.
The department said Hill was one of three Augusta officers assigned to the Augusta Independent School. He had been working there since August, the police department said.
Augusta police say they have been in contact with the principal and superintendent about the situation.
“He performed his duties efficiently and was a model employee during his employment,” the Augusta Police Department statement said.
Hill is charged with unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual activity, a Class D felony. He was taken to the Boone County Detention Center and held on $ 15,000 bond.