Kentucky man sentenced to 20 years for possessing ‘horrific’ child pornography

Posted at 6:43 PM, June 8, 2022 and last updated 12:22 AM, December 13, 2022

By Christian LeDuc

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (WCPO) — A Kentucky man will spend the next two decades behind bars after being handed the maximum sentence for possessing child pornography that the lead prosecutor described as “horrific.”

Emmanuel Curry, 21, was arrested in February 2021 after police found 69 files containing illicit images on his phone.

Emmanuel Curry (Kenton County Detention Center)

Some of the images included sexual abuse of infants so young they were still wearing hospital bracelets, according to a press release from the Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office.

“I prosecute monsters every day, and have seen some horrific evidence over the years, but I’ve never seen anything this sick and twisted,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Emily Arnzen said.

The investigation into Curry began after a detective got a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerting to someone at an IP address in Kenton County who was using known images of child pornography to search for even more images of child pornography.

This process is often referred to as “reverse image searching.” Curry was allegedly using Bing to search for the images. According to a press release the search engine recognized the images as those known to depict the sexual abuse of children between two and four years old.

This story was originally published June 7, 2022 by WCPO in Cincinnati, an E.W. Scripps Company.