Lyon County Man, Kenneth Swartz Faces Federal Child Pornography And Firearms Charges
PADUCAH, KY (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Michael A. Bennett announced that a Federal Grand Jury returned an indictment on May 11, 2021, charging Kenneth Swartz, 63, of Eddyville, Kentucky with possession of child pornography and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to a Criminal Complaint filed on April 21, 2021, law enforcement officials opened an investigation into Swartz after receiving a complaint alleging that Swartz, a registered sex offender, attempted to photograph a minor while shopping at a local store on May 28, 2020. The Eddyville Police Department confirmed the events after reviewing store security footage. On May 29, 2020, a search warrant was executed on Swartz’ residence. Law enforcement recovered a Savage Arms, Stevens model 94 shotgun, along with several cell phones. On June 24, 2020, law enforcement became aware that Swartz possessed an additional cell phone which he kept hidden under a sink at a residence. A second search warrant was obtained, and the additional phone was seized.
The Paducah Police Department subsequently conducted forensic imaging of the data on the cell phones. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) further analyzed the data and located over 200 images of child pornography.