KSP arrests Danville man on child sex abuse charge

Published 3:54 pm Thursday, August 11, 2022


The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Michael D. Rhodus, 37, of Danville on charges related to child sexual abuse.

Rhodus was interviewed and arrested as the result of an undercover investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect distributing sexually explicit images online.

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KSP executed a search warrant Aug. 10 at an address on Pope Road, Danville. KSP seized electronic devices they say were used in commission of the crime. The equipment was sent to the KSP forensic lab Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

Rhodus has been charged with 10 counts of distribution of matter portraying a minor under the age of 12 in a sexual performance, and 10 counts of possessing matter portraying a minor under the age of 12 in a sexual performance. Both are Class-C felonies punishable by 5-10 years in prison. Rhodus is being detained in the Boyle County Detention Center.

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of more than 26 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and is administered in Kentucky by the KSP.