Cassady sentenced for inducing minors to send explicit images

Published 1:18 pm Thursday, June 27, 2019

A man originally charged in Danville with inducing a juvenile to send him sexually explicit images was recently sentenced in federal court to 15 years.

Bobby Cassady, 32, must serve at least 85 percent of the 15-year sentence, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. He will remain on supervised release for the rest of his life following the prison term.

Cassady must also pay $15,000 in restitution and $5,100 for a “mandatory special assessment.”

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“United States Senior District Judge Joseph M. Hood formally sentenced Cassady, who pleaded guilty to a single count of production of sexually explicit images in interstate commerce on Feb. 4,” according to the release.

Cassady “(induced) minors to produce sexually explicit images,” according to the release.

Danville Police Chief Tony Gray announced the sentence along with U.S. Attorney Robert Duncan Jr., Homeland Security Special Agent in Charge Steven Igyarto, Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear.

The Cyber Crimes Branch the AG’s office conducted the investigation in cooperation with DPD and Homeland Security.

Cassady was originally charged in October 2015. At the time, he had been working at Gethsemane Baptist Church and had volunteered with Danville Independent Schools.

Cassady allegedly coerced a juvenile into sending sexually explicit photos and videos of himself by threatening that the juvenile would be exposed or that Cassady would be hurt. The juvenile didn’t know Cassady was the one demanding the images and videos, according to news archives.

The local case against Cassady was put on hold in 2017, when Commonwealth’s Attorney Richie Bottoms said he had been contacted by federal prosecutors. Bottoms said Thursday all prosecution was handled at the federal level and there will be no further prosecution in Boyle County.