Ex-county Employee Arrested In Sting

(PADUCAH, Ky.) -- A former part-time employee of the McCracken County Attorney's office is one of several people arrested in a statewide undercover sting operation to track down sexual predators.

Twenty-year-old Charles Clark Junior was charged under a new state law that makes it unlawful to use a computer or other electronic device to induce a minor to engage in a sexual act.

McCracken Commonwealth Attorney Tim Kaltenbach says the sting was coordinated by the attorney generals office and Clark is at least the eighth person to be arrested.

Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo says the number of arrests statewide could increase to more than 50 as the investigation continues. Court documents indicate that Clark entered an Internet chat room on October 6th and communicated with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

However, he actually was talking with an adult volunteer working with the national watchdog group called "Perverted Justice."

Clark worked for County Attorney Dan Boaz from September 18th until last Thursday when he was dismissed for an unrelated reason.

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