JUNCTION CITY — A Junction City man was arrested Friday for allegedly using the Internet to solicit sex from a 14-year-old girl, police said.
William Edward Kashow, 52, of 236 Timberland Lane, is charged with one felony count of prohibited use of electronic equipment to procure a minor for sex.
Kashow’s arrest stemmed from an allegation that he was trying to have sex with a 14-year-old girl from the Covington area, said Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliott. Kenton County authorities conducted the investigation and asked Boyle and Junction City law enforcement to help them execute a search warrant on Kashow’s house and arrest him.
Kashow spent Friday night in Boyle County Detention Center and was transferred to Kenton County Detention Center near Cincinnati Saturday, where he is being held without bond. Kashow’s arraignment in Kenton County Circuit Court is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday.
A conviction of using electronic equipment to procure a minor for sex is punishable by one to five years in prison.
“Unfortunately, these types of cases are happening in our community almost every day,” said Junction City Police Chief Merl Baldwin.
Kashow’s arrest is the second time in 10 days that the Boyle County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a man for allegedly using the Internet to target teenage girls for sex. Authorities recently arrested David Anthony Farmer, 27, a recently paroled sex offender who allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old girl in the Super 8 Motel in Danville. The girl was old enough under Kentucky law to consent to sex with Farmer. However, as a convicted third-degree rapist whose victim was a 15-year-old girl, Farmer was not allowed to use social networking accounts. Farmer is being held without bond in Boyle County Detention Center on charges of alleged failure to register as a sex offender, being a “registrant prohibited from using social networking website or instant messaging or chatroom program accessible by minors,” and violating the terms of his parole.
“Though we have limited resources, we will not stop pursuing people who use the Internet to try to victimize children in our community,” Elliott said.