Conder

Conder

Almost four years after his arrest, 30-year-old Jeffery L. Conder, of Leitchfield, has been sentenced to six years behind bars for multiple child pornography charges.

Conder was indicted in February of 2015 on four counts of use of a minor (under 16) in a sexual performance; four counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor; and two counts of distribution of obscene matter to minors. He originally pleaded not guilty to these charges.

Conder, alongside his attorney, Adam Sanders, of the Department of Public Advocacy, changed his plea to guilty on July 9 of this year, three days shy of his jury trial, in exchange for having his charges reduced. The four counts of use of a minor (under 16) in a sexual performance were amended to one count of attempted use of a minor (under age 16) in a sexual performance, and the two counts of of distribution of obscene matter to minors were dismissed.

Conder was convicted of the aforementioned charges and sentenced on Tuesday of this week. He was sentenced to six years for the charge of attempted use of a minor (under 16) in a sexual performance and four years for each of the four counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. These sentences will run concurrently, for a total sentence of six years.

The sentences also include 20 years on the sex offender registry; completion of a sex offender treatment program; five years of conditional sex offender discharge following his release from incarceration either upon expiration of his sentence or his completion of parole; and no contact or communication with his victim as a condition of any form of parole or conditional discharge.

Conder's charges stem from his online relationship with a minor female from Florida between January of 2014 and July of 2014. At the time, the juvenile was 14 years old. Conder was arrested by the Kentucky State Police on Dec. 16, 2014 as the result of an ongoing undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation.

Detectives with the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch began investigating after being contacted by the Miami-Dade Police Department. Information revealed by detectives in Miami, Florida detailed Conder's illegal online activities with the juvenile female, and the investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at Conder’s Leitchfield residence on Dec. 16, 2014 by the KSP Electronic Crime Branch.