Kentucky ex-cop headed to prison after being caught – for second time – looking at child pornography

Published 5:05 pm Monday, January 25, 2021

A former Kentucky police officer is headed to federal prison after he violated the conditions of his probation by viewing child pornography, federal prosecutors said.

Brian Leasor, 54, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, was sentenced last week by United States District Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings to 10 years in prison followed by a life term of supervised release for accessing with intent to view child pornography, Acting United States Attorney Michael A. Bennett said.

In 2018, Leasor was serving a 10-year term of supervised release after pleading guilty to one count of receiving child pornography.

While on probation, Leasor was enrolled in a monitoring program for his cellular telephone with monitoring services through RemoteCOM. On October 22, 2018, Leasor’s Internet history and computer search terms were reviewed through the monitoring company.

His then supervising United States Probation Officer (USPO) conducted a follow-up review.

The supervising USPO learned that Leasor had searched the Internet for sexually explicit terms related to young females.

After reviewing the information from the monitoring software, USPOs conducted a search on Leasor’s residence in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

The USPOs found several unauthorized digital items and seized Leasor’s unauthorized cellular telephone for additional forensic examination.

The digital items were turned over for digital examination by the United States Secret Service.

The examination revealed 40 specific searches involving terms associated with child sexual exploitation that occurred between August and October 2018. The websites and URLs visited in connection with these searches involved child pornography.

Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case. The United States Probation Office Western District of Kentucky with assistance from the United States Secret Service and Kentucky State Police conducted the investigation.